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DeMarcus Cousins responds to Sean Elliott ripping him on the Spurs broadcast

Nov 10, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

Sean Elliott is pretty much the definition of a “homer” when he’s working as an analyst on the Spurs television broadcast. His commentary is one-sided, which is probably fine if you’re a Spurs fan, but for those who aren’t, it makes it a little difficult to listen to.

We’re just interested observers, though. Imagine how irritating Elliott’s courtside comments might actually be to an opposing player.

DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings caught Elliott’s ire on Friday, after Cousins supposedly trash-talked in the vicinity of Tim Duncan. After Duncan responded by scoring a few times on Cousins, Elliott let loose with the rip job.

According to Elliott, Cousins — never known for his maturity or good decision-making — said something to the effect of, “I’m going to bust his (expletive).”

Crowed an angry Elliott:

“That’s why some humility is in order. You think you’re dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn’t like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he’s going to respond. All that trash talking was premature. I’m not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclubs…should learn from this. Don’t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He’s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.”

Cousins, as you might imagine, didn’t appreciate these remarks. His response comes in the video clip below (via Cowbell Kingdom).

“I mean me and Tim, we’re good,” Cousins said. “Like I said, I have the utmost respect for him. But for the commentator to say the things that he said, that was immature.”

Cousins responded in a way that was thoughtful and measured; for a guy with a reputation of questionable maturity, he was the one who came across as the far bigger person here.

While Cousins may indeed have lost the on-court battle to Duncan, he most certainly got the best of this exchange.

[via HoopsHype]

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    You can’t really expect a former Spur and broadcaster to be objective about anything Spurs basketball…

  2. letangusespertplus - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    cousins is a baby anyway. who cares?

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    I hate Sean Elliott. He was unlistenable even when he called games for ESPN.

  4. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Laker fan here.

    I wish that if PRO Basketball will be writing something about the Spurs make it great news for a change. They’ve been doing well and are on top of their division. So much crud thrown at aging stars and yet the Spurs’ Big Three are beating Father Time as we speak.

    By the way, have you noticed the aging line up of the Knicks? Where are they now? Yup. Beating Father Time too. Senseless. Relentless.

    I know that the Lakers are always in the news with all these dramas, but it would be refreshing to see and read how the other teams are doing: New York, San Antonio, Memphis, Clippers, Philly, Chicago, etc.

    And when I say how they’re doing, I mean how great their starts for the season have been. Not some tabloid-worthy newsie.

    • letangusespertplus - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      Well said.

  5. charlutes - Nov 11, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    What did Elliot say that was so outside the lines? He said if you talk mess against Tim Duncan he’s going to score on you…Quick media let’s witch hunt Elliot!

  6. miker451 - Nov 11, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Brett, did you even watch this game? Cousins did talk trash then proceeded to get Duncan. It’s obvious this guy has an attitude problem. Guy was even throwing his arms up in disgust with his teammates after they didn’t pass him the ball. My favorite part of the game occurred after the whistle had been blown, cousins a la Kevin Garnett goaltended Leonards shot, the rebound bounces back to Leonard he shoots it again cousins again tries to block it and it goes in right in his face. What a dumb thug. Sean Elliott is better then 90% of the announcers in the NBA…

  7. itsonlyaspeedbump - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    I know sports writers keep telling me Cousins is immature. I know coming out of college the word was how immature he was, despite his talent. I don’t know what people expect a guy in his early twenties to be like. He hasn’t been arrested for doing drugs, or driving drunk, or beating his girlfriend. He seems to be the one bright star on a team that is completely inept (if you want immature, check out the owners of the Kings).

    Will someone please explain how this guy is immature, instead of just repeating something they heard from everyone else?

  8. gbpbacker84 - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    I know body language can be misunderstood sometimes, but Cousins has to have the worst I have seen in a long time. He walks sluggishly to the bench during timeouts and pouts quite a bit. That is where the immaturity label comes from. At the same time, it is very correctable and he has all the tools to become a prolific PF in the NBA as time progresses.

  9. abchome - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    You called me immature? I’d call you immature back! Isn’t that immature? :p

  10. brutl - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Go ahead and start the witch hunt on Elliot as long as the one on Cousins is over! It’s ridiculous how much bad press this kid’s gotten. I’m just glad to see an article that’s not pegged against him, for once.

  11. charlutes - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    At least we are still witch hunting someone, I wouldn’t want to live in a world where sports writers don’t drag someone’s name through the mud to apply relevancy to their ‘craft’.

  12. jaredb2 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Sean idiot has always been and he is on a small list of analysts that are too obnoxious if he isn’t calling a game for your team. The only people who really have to put up with him are people trying to watch their team on league pass and have no choice but to put up with his ellioticy

  13. patfic15 - Nov 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Cousins is the epitome of your modern day punk athlete. Not his fault…just the product of his environment… the modern day excuse for immature punk athletes.

    • mostdiggity - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      You’re living on another planet if you belive eveything you read in the media. Or, maybe you’re really Mitt Romney.

    • mostdiggity - Nov 11, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      You need to give up your USA Today and Fox News (NOT) if you really want to know the truth about athletes or others and their personal lives and attitudes. Or, maybe you’re Mitt Romney.

      • mostdiggity - Nov 11, 2012 at 9:05 PM

        That last guy is “The person also known as mostdiggity”, not the real deal. He made the first reply but is being “shadowed” by an imposter.

  14. mffljbm51d - Nov 11, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Sean Elliott is no good, but at least he’s not as bad as Michael Smith of the LA Clippers. talk about terrible AND a Homer.

    ***Blake Griffin gets fouled hard – not a flagrant – retaliates with anger and arrogance and gets a T***

    “well Blake takes shots from everyone and he plays so hard and flies so high these things happen but hes got every right to be angry”
    Ralph Lawler: “MEE OH MY”

  15. savvybynature - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    How in the world did you make this an article about how Sean Elliott screwed up?

    He’s far from my favorite broadcaster, but he has a right to criticize the players on the floor. It’s part of his job. Saying Cousins should show some humility when they are losing and then pointing out that Duncan owned him immediately after he talked smack was over the line somehow?

    But Cousins going after Elliott after the game was OK? Cousins got the better of the exchange? Cousins should be worried about turning around the Kings’ season not what Sean Elliot had to say during a broadcast. What on Earth are you talking about?

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