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DeMarcus Cousins benched for second half for Kings after argument with coach

Dec 22, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

We told you there was plenty of friction in the Kings locker room

DeMarcus Cousins was left in the Kings locker room for the second half of the team’s loss to the Clippers Friday following a halftime argument with coach Keith Smart.

Smart wouldn’t get into specifics after the game, saying Cousins was benched for, “”conduct detrimental to the team and I’ll leave it at that” reports the Sacramento Bee. Smart said he would decide later on any future punishment for Cousins.

The Kings broadcast showed Cousins and Smart arguing on the bench between the first and second quarters. Apparently that spilled over into the locker room at the half.

Cousins apologized after the game, again via the Bee:

“What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room but I was wrong. But what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.”

Cousins was then asked what he could do to avoid further situations where attention was on his actions off the court.

“Don’t talk back. That’s the thing. I shouldn’t have responded back. Should have accepted what was said and stayed quiet.”

There are a couple of things in play here. As our own Aaron Bruski told you this week, there is friction and frustration in the Kings locker room with Smart and his rotations. And with reason, the guy is fixated on players like Aaron Brooks and doesn’t seem to be developing a team for the future.

But this is still Cousins — a guy who consistently lets his emotions of the moment get in the way of his judgment and game. A guy who holds himself back because he can’t hold himself back sometimes — like when he got suspended for going to argue with a Spurs broadcaster over something said on their broadcast. Cousins clashed with all his coaches in Sacramento now, Smart was the one that seemed to have a better relationship with him. But even that has soured.

When Cousins was part of the USA Select Team, practicing against Team USA headed off to the London Olympics, Kobe Bryant was asked about Cousins (who had a little tiff with Jerry Colangelo, head honcho of USA Basketball):

“All he has to do is continue to work, continue to keep his level head. That’s all he has to do. That’s all he has to do…” Kobe said. “He gets in trouble when he starts letting his emotions get the best of him, now people start talking about that as opposed to his game.”

And we are right back there again.

  1. cameltoehoe - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Betcha money Lakers, Mavs & Celtics put it out in the atmosphere that they’d love to trade for him.

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:18 AM

      Mavs and Celtics would love to have him, but don’t exactly have assets that would interest Sacramento.

      Lakers have 2 7-footers and can’t find a way to play them both at the same time in D’Antoni’s system that emphasizes floor spacing.

      Swapping out Pau for Demarcus Cousins doesn’t help that situation at all, and arguably worsens it.

  2. ron05342 - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    Meanwhile, the Clippers just won their 12th game in a row, a franchise record and at the same time tying OKC for the longest winning streak in the league this season.

    But go ahead and keep writing meaningless articles about player/coach issues on teams that are buried in the second division, Kurt.

    • savvybynature - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:39 AM

      This might have made sense in response to an article about the Lakers.

    • senioreditor2 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      You don’t win a title in December. Not the best time to peak.

    • scalfor3 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Why can’t you Clippers fans just enjoy your team’s success without this constant paranoia of whether the media talks about them enough? Jesus Christ…

      • dannymac17 - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        you try being a clippers fan and see how you like it.

      • badintent - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        @dannymac17
        Now that you have the best team in Cali, you gonna get some big knocks so man up ! What the heck you think I gotta deal with as a Knick fan ? The Top of the Mountain gets stormy weather. I gotta deal with Philly and Boston fans, you only have to deal with Jack and his A-list smucks.Tell him he can’t carry DeNiro ‘s jock ! LOL

    • bigmeechy74 - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Overly sensitive fans are absolutely delightful! You must be a joy to be around!

  3. phaden27 - Dec 22, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    From the coach that brought you, “you just gotta put your foot on the bar David Lee.” When he was with the warriors.
    Someone please fire this clown, please.

  4. fats84 - Dec 22, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    This guy is a complete moron. Has all the skills to be a great player, just lack the brain. Oh well guys like this will be siphoned from the league eventually.

  5. tomtravis76 - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Get him to DC to play with John Wall.

    • tomtravis76 - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      And bring in Coach Cal to coach them up. Nothing is working in DC why not take a chance, if you are Ted, and bring in Cal and let him build an NBA squad. Jersey didn’t work but he must have learned from his mistakes.

      • metalhead65 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:07 AM

        he may have learned but he makes more than his players at uk so he won’t be leaving any time soon. well at least until the ncaa comes calling.

      • badintent - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        @Metalhead65

        “Coach Cal ? Yes ? This is NCAA enforcement director Smith , I have a list of 125 infractions by you and your staff over a 8 years period to discuss.
        Ah,…. I’ll have my lawyer get back to you, I’m on another line with my agent and the Lakers. .. Happy Holidays, click

  6. metalhead65 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    but cousins is still young and learning so give him another 5 years and 3 coaches and another fat contract and I am sure he will figure it out and grow up right?

  7. cmart0208 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    This is the 1st this year DMC has got into it with the coach. He been doing good since Smart became the head coach.

  8. cmehustle - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Dam yall killin Cousins in here. Dude is like only 20, I know I was pretty immature when I was that age, and I wasnt a millionare. Come to think of it I was a real ass hole for no reason at all….

  9. anvilrepairman - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Guy needs Vetran leadership. I agree with Barkley that every team should be required to have a true Vetran on team to help mentor young loose cannons

  10. thekingdave - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Yes, because only the Lakers, Mavs, and Celtics would want to get their hands on one of the best 5’s in the NBA. The other 26 teams would have zero interest ( insert sarcasm).

  11. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Virginia Beach should really reconsider trying to lure the Kings,.

  12. ranoversquarells - Dec 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Cousin is the picture definition of a mental midget.

  13. ProjectDoubleGuns - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Reblogged this on Project Double Guns.

  14. echech88 - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Just think of how many millions this guy will have lost out on over the course of his career because of his attitude. Max player talent that will always be approached with caution and with team’s limiting their risk.

  15. Vindickative - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Why doesn’t DeMarcus leave poor Keith Smart alone and haul off on George or Joe or Gavin.

    Or Adrienne. Now THAT I’d buy a ticket to see.

  16. edwardemanuelson - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Said it once, I’ll say it again. One team in the NBA can tame this guy, and they’re in Texas. They do not play in Dallas or Houston. They are in need of a competent big, and have the personnel, players, and structure that is necessary for a player like Cousins to succeed and be molded into a ‘character’ guy in this league.

    Surely, I cannot be the only person thinking this.

  17. cameltoehoe - Dec 22, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    “Why doesn’t DeMarcus leave poor Keith Smart alone and haul off on George or Joe or Gavin.

    Or Adrienne. Now THAT I’d buy a ticket to see.”

    You’d pay money to see a grown man abuse a woman? You’re sick dude!

  18. allen227 - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Get rid of this piece of $hit trash. He’s nothing but a thug loser.

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