Aug 18, 2011, 1:36 PM EST
DeMarcus Cousins felt like the referees didn’t respect him during his rookie season. Normally we’d chalk that up to rookies not getting calls in the NBA, but Cousins felt like that in college. He probably said the same things in high school.
That attittude was the main reason he racked up technicals at a Rasheed-like pace last year (well, maybe not that fast but you get the idea).
Wherever there are refs, Cousins is not happy with the calls. No matter the stakes. Check out what he said to the Herald-Leader after an exhibition game this week. Cousins was part of the Kentucky alumni who took on the John Calipari coached Dominican Republic team at Rupp Arena, a tune up for the Dominicans as they get read for the FIBA Americas tournament (which determines bids for the 2012 Olympics). Cousins was matched up with Al Horford for large chunks of the game.
DeMarcus Cousins, who continued his Rupp Arena habit of feeling persecuted by non-calls, said he’d like to participate in future (Kentucky alumni) games.
“I’m down with it,” he said before adding, “as long as we don’t have the same refs.”
Cousins is going to be fascinating to watch the next few seasons. He has the talent to be an All-Star — if he can handle the mental side of being an NBA player. If he can mature.
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