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DeMarcus Cousins will suit up for Kings, not start Tuesday

Jan 3, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

DeMarcus Cousins will be in a Kings uniform on the bench Tuesday night when the Kings take on the Memphis Grizzlies.

After that… who knows?

He will not start, reports Jason Jones at the Sacramento Bee, but from there things get really murky.

Cousins will dress for tonight’s game but will not start, Westphal said….

Asked what he needed to see from Cousins to know if he is changing his ways, Westphal said: “We’ll know it when we see it … . His attitude has a long way to go. It will be up to coaches, teammates and most fans (to see a change).”

Cousins is suiting up because the Kings need to get to 12 guys on the active roster. One of those pesky NBA rules.

This fight about Cousins’ ego and if he demanded a trade has gone on for days. Tonight is when this fight really gets stupid — the Kings need Cousins’ size and athleticism up front to deal with Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies (Zach Randolph is out with a bruised ligament in his knee). But whether Westphal calls his name is up in the air, Cousins may not be in the rotation.

Neither Westphal nor Cousins will back down. Cousins has been an attitude problem since he arrived in Sacramento including fights with coaches and with Donte Green in the locker room. His reputation around the league is as a potentially very good player who is immature and acts like a Prima Donna. Westphal has struggled with this but his way of dealing with it comes off more like a frustrated parent of a toddler than a man paid to lead a franchise. And if — as reported multiple places — Cousins asked why he hadn’t been traded if he was such a problem, that is not a trade demand.

This has become a… well, I’ll say battle of egos since this is a family site. But both men need to act like grown ups, take a step back and come at this with some maturity. However, the history in Sacramento suggests it will be more of the same.

  1. lphboston - Jan 3, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    So Westphal is as much to blame as this yo-yo? Nonsense. There’s no equivalency here. The kid is a jerk and needs to grow up and start to earn his paycheck. Westphal’s job is to coach.

    • bparmalee - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      I agree. People are using other situations Westphal has had with other players as a comparison…thats not really fair here. Westphal has had issues with star players and in the NBA star players are more important than the coach. Cousins is not by any stretch a star player…. he is barely a role player. The problem is I just dont know what they could get for Cousins. If I were them I would call Charlotte and try to work Jordan (everyone else has) for D.J. Augustine and a semi protected 1st round pick. The Bobcats need size and the Kings need someone to settle down the offense a little.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    What is it about this kid that makes him feel entitled to act however he likes? Has any effort been put forth to help this kid learn to be more of a professional, because his parents surely didn’t instill such values in him. It’s as if his athletic accomplishments make up for the lack of quality of his character, and he sees nothing wrong with it whatsoever…..sad.

  3. chicagofan - Jan 4, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    Cousins is an immature idiot who does not realize how great a life he has–even losing on an NBA team for a few million a year sounds ok to me.There over 25 million unemployed people who would likely agree with me. Even if Westphal is a lousy coach, it is not his job to get him fired, losing will take care of that. Cousins needs to apologize and try to get back in the lineup and bide his time—if he is lucky ,they will get a new coach and if he is unlucky , they will be trade him to Toronto or some other purgatory .

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