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DeMarcus Cousins suspended (even if that’s not the word they use) by Kings

Feb 13, 2011, 3:00 AM EDT

Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

DeMarcus Cousins has literally been everything people said about him prior to the draft. He’s been a hothead. He’s been a star. He’s been a beast. He’s been a huge pain in the neck. He’s been brilliant. He’s been a bonehead. The works. Tonight the pendulum has swung to bonehead, and the repercussions for Cousins’ career again seem violent.

Sam Amick of FanHouse reports via Twitter that Cousins was involved in a “confrontation” with Donte Greené after the Kings’ nail-biter loss to the Thunder. The two reportedly had to be separated. Cousins was voicing his displeasure with Tyreke Evans‘ recent decision-making in key situations, and generally doing what he’s done all season: mouthing off. As a result, the Kings actually told him to get off the team plane headed for a Phoenix road game and have suspended him for at least three games.

Except the Kings say they are reviewing the situation and refused to use the word suspended in talking about the situation. Why? They don’t want the union to get involved. So they are dancing around the word suspended, saying this was the action they took for a game. Where I grew up, if you re the team’s best player and they tell you not to come to a road game due to behavior, that’s a suspension.

Well, then.

Cousins has clashed with the coaching staff all seasons, receiving multiple fines for his behavior. Teammates have reportedly been agitated since his arrival at his constant talking and the presumption that he’s a star despite not having earned anything. All this is doable since the Kings are terrible and they’re not building around those other players. But not meshing with Tyreke Evans? That’s a problem. That’s a Rookie of the Year winner and face of the franchise. The Kings need for those two to co-exist and if they’re not, something’s got to give. You can’t build a foundation on a rotten core. Whether that means moving Cousins or Evans is up to Geoff Petrie, but there has to be a resolution to this.

Cousins isn’t an off-the-court problem, he’s just fiery, young, and really immature. Whenever I think about his attitude I try and remember how dumb I was at 20. With stuff like fighting with teammates, however, you have to wonder if the problems aren’t severe enough to cause Sacramento to question whether he’s worth the trouble.

  1. steelyres211 - Feb 13, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    If he played consistently, he might be worth the trouble. However, he won’t do that for several years (if ever), and by the time he does, he will have already moved on to a different team via free agency, so the Kings should build up his stats and jettison his ass for as much as they can get.

  2. fouldwimmerlaik - Feb 13, 2011 at 6:42 AM

    Somebody needs to teach him a lesson. Just a newbie and he thinks the world owes him. What a man-child. Imagine if he is always allowed to get his way as the years come. Sock it to him. He hasn’t earned his keep.

    What a disgrace. You give him a few millions and he thinks he is the king of the mountain.

    Shouldn’t there be a code of conduct for whippersnappers like him?

  3. davidly - Feb 13, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    I dunno. When you don’t really know the guy it is hard to say. On the one hand, it would seem wise to trade him now, when the financial commitment for the team trading for him would still be reasonable, thereby increasing Sacramento’s chance of getting a decent return. On the other hand, maybe it’s not that big a deal and he just needs to mature. Surely there are folks in the organization who are good at making such judgments, no?

  4. florida727 - Feb 13, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    “Cousins isn’t an off-the-court problem, he’s just fiery, young, and really immature. Whenever I think about his attitude I try and remember how dumb I was at 20.”

    If this isn’t the very definition of an “off-the-court problem”, what is? And comparing you to him at 20 is oxymoronic. At 20, were you surrounded by people, adults allegedly, that constantly told you that you were the greatest thing ever to set foot on a basketball court? At 20, was everything handed to you on a silver platter just because you could stuff a ball through a hole 10 feet off the ground? At 20, were you given so much money that your kids’ kids’ kids will never have to work a day in their lives?

    I’m guessing you weren’t near as dumb at 20 as you’re alluding to. And I’m certain that at 20, Cousins is far more stupid than HE thinks he is. That’s the problem when you give kids this age that sort of money and no responsibility other than playing a stupid game. What a f***ed up society we live in.

    • davidly - Feb 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM

      I think by “off-the-court problem” he was suggesting that he hasn’t had any trouble with “the law”.

    • cordae - Feb 13, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      Quit generalizing. Every 20 year old handed that type of money does NOT act like that. Is he being immature? Most definately. Is he a hothead, you may even have a case for that. But i’m sure theres more to it. John Wall is and the rest of his draft mates are pretty much class acts. So stop being jealous because these 20 year olds are making money you’ll never see, because i’m sure if you had HALF of their athletic abilities you’d be chasing the SAME dream…

    • fouldwimmerlaik - Feb 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Well said. Right straight to the kisser.

      The only thing I don’t agree on is that basketball isn’t a stupid game… it’s the stupid players that make it look stupid — just like any sport.

      Gadz, he thinks he knows a lot in basketball. A rookie in the NBA. 20 at that. Whatever happened to humility? If I were one of them vets, I’d teach him a lesson and show him his rightful place in the foodchain of the NBA.

  5. jmclarkent - Feb 13, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Derrick Coleman – V2. Million Dollar Talent; Ten cent brain.

  6. cincycoltsfan - Feb 13, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    John Calipari, molder of men.

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