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Kings say DeMarcus Cousins demanded trade

Posted on: January 1, 2012 6:51 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 1:50 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

DeMarcus Cousins has always had a tag on him: immature. But that's often giving Cousins the benefit of the doubt. Because some might feel the right word is "head-case." One of those people might be Kings coach Paul Westphal.

The Kings released a surprising statement from Westphal regarding Cousins saying point blank that the young big man has demanded a trade. And as a result, Cousins has been told to stay home and won't be playing against the Hornets Sunday night.
“Whenever a new season begins, in any sport, there is great hope that everything will progress in only a steady, upward direction. As we all know, it seldom happens like that in this life! As coaches, we can only ask that our players do everything they can to improve themselves as individuals and teammates.

If they do this with all their hearts, we live with the results. Everything that happens on a team does not become known to the public. This is how it should be. However, when a player continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team, it cannot be ignored indefinitely. DeMarcus Cousins has demanded to be traded.

In the best interest of our team as we go forward, he has been directed by me, with the support of management, to stay home from the New Orleans game tonight.”
Here's the odd thing: Cousins' agent John Greig tells SI.com it isn't true.

"DeMarcus never demanded a trade. I'm surprised the Kings, if they believe the player wanted a trade, wouldn't have made a phone call to his representative. Maybe Westphal is just feeling the Heat early this season."

I'm trying to infer from Westphal's comments and Greig's subsequent denial, but maybe Westphal is saying Cousins has demanded a trade with his actions. Or that Westphal has demanded that Cousins demand a trade. A "him or me" approach.

This comes after Cousins was asked recently about the Kings offense and he quipped, "What offense?" which is obviously a jab at Westphal. Cousins also took to Twitter late Sunday and refuted it as well.



Westphal has battled with Cousins since the Kings drafted him in 2010. Last season, Cousins was suspended by the team for an altercation with Donte Greene, he's been ejected and he's mocked opponents for choking only to get benched for it. The guy hasn't had a smooth run so far in the NBA.

Cousins has a tattoo on his leg that says "misunderstood.
" Red flag! He constantly feels like he's being picked on, singled out. And it seems that it's either going to be him or Westphal that goes in Sacramento. Because the two can't co-exist. What the Kings are going through is what so many team anticipated before the draft in 2010. Most felt that Cousins probably was the most talented player out there, except he might be a problem child. Which it appears he is.
Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:35 pm
 

Kings say DeMarcus Cousins demanded trade

Could have been big things from the Kings this year. To bad is demanding a trade. maybe he will change his mind and continue playing for the kings. Now that we have Jimmer it could be a special season and a unexpected playoff run for the kings and demarcus cousins.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:25 am
 

Kings say DeMarcus Cousins demanded trade

100% agree with you there romeobodeodo



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:26 am
 

Kings says DeMarcus Cousins demanded trade

Because Cousins is a talented basketball player, his value will be high to another team who hasn't had the experience of working with him on a daily basis. For that reason the Kings should grant his request while his value is high and move on from what they obviously perceive as a problem player. While it is difficult to find talented big men, I can't help but believe they'll be able to receive equal value from the trade. I have no idea whether Westfal is a good coach. But if the organization backs him up on this suspension, it's time for both sides to move on before the acrimony further disrupts the Kings' lockerroom. 



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:11 pm
 

Kings says DeMarcus Cousins demanded trade

dam itchy chihahua u r incredibly bias, i do not agree with anything u posted about Cousins.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:31 pm
 

Kings says DeMarcus Cousins demanded trade

If you're not an NBA fan, why are you reading these posts??? 



Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:24 pm
 

Kings says DeMarcus Cousins demanded trade

Kings should have hired RICK ADLEMAN when they had a chance.  While at the Kings games, it doesn't seem like Westphal has control of his team.  Last year it seemed like Tyreke could do whatever he wanted and the coach didn't get him under control. 


Don't trade Demarcus, get a coach who can handle the young talent!  



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:19 pm
 

Kings says DeMarcus Cousins demanded trade

I am not an NBA fan. But I guess its better these guys are off the streets.



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:54 pm
 

Kings says DeMarcus Cousins demanded trade

@DBOWMAN Dude he left UK to put money in his and his familys pocket and i dont blame him one dam bit.If i grew up like some of these kids and had the chance to help my family out you bet your @#$ I would.



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Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:53 pm
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Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:48 pm
 

Kings says DeMarcus Cousins demanded trade

I dont blame cuz for wantin out.That dam for guard rotation of Evans,Thorten and Jimmer is a freakin brick fest.Never have i seen more guards come down the court and either iso or chunk up bricks.What little offense theyve run through Demarcus in the high post has seemed to work but dam more times then none one of them three has already chunked up a shot before they get set.Sounds like Westphal is sayin him or me and i hope Boogie gets outta there.Not sayin Demarcus doesnt have his moments but i dont blame him if he did want out.Honestly.I dont think anyone wants to be there


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