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DeMarcus Cousins suspended indefinitely by Kings

Dec 22, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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The Sacramento Kings have announced that they’ve suspended DeMarcus Cousins “indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.”

The suspension comes less than 24 hours after Cousins got into it with Kings head coach Keith Smart during Friday night’s game, and was benched in the second half as a result.

This is just the latest in a long list of incidents from Cousins that continue to show poor attitude, bad judgment, and an immaturity from which he’s unable to escape.

Cousins has been suspended on two other occasions by the league this season. He got two games for coming out of the locker room to confront Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott, after hearing remarks Elliott made about Cousins during the broadcast.

Cousins received a one-game suspension less than two weeks ago for punching O.J. Mayo below the belt during a game against Dallas, after which Mayo remarked that he believed Cousins “has some mental issues.”

The difference in this most recent situation, of course, is the fact that the team is the one doing the suspending this time.

Sam Amick of USA Today has some additional details on the incident that took place between Cousins and Smart.

Two people with knowledge of the incident told USA TODAY Sports that nothing of a physical nature occurred between Cousins and his coach and that the yelling went back and forth between both men. Cousins, according to one of the people, used extensive profanity while sharing his latest frustrations.

The Kings are a mess organizationally, and with so many players and coaches shuttling in and out in recent seasons, along with the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any firm hand guiding the ship to an actual planned destination, there’s no question that the franchise and the way it’s handled Cousins to this point has to take some of the blame for his issues.

But it can’t be blamed for all of them.

Cousins has to mature at some point if he’s ever going to be a the All-Star player many believed he might evolve into as early as this season. Instead, he’s regressed, and who knows how much longer the toxic mix between Cousins and the Kings will continue, or how much worse things will get before the situation is eventually resolved.

  1. bleedtwincitiessports - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    :) cousins is a chump!…

  2. coasttocoast12 - Dec 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Come on Ainge! Make a move.

  3. norcal031 - Dec 22, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    What is Bill Walton doing??? He is always around at Kings games. He cant talk to him.

    • rjlink1 - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      Did you hear Walton doing the Kings TV broadcast last night? He astutely asked, what does it say about DeMarcus Cousins that the Kings showed way better cohesion and competitiveness in the second half without him?

      • brutl - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        I think it says just as much about a team willing to sit it’s best player over profanity and dig a deeper hole.
        Their “way better cohesion and competitiveness” didn’t make up any points, now, did it??

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    he thinks like a child

  5. clevelandschronic2 - Dec 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Make a move grant. Would look pretty good with Kyrie (i gets buckets) Irving and Dion Waiters.

  6. norcaldeportes - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    The NBA should suspend the entire Kings organization indefinitely.

  7. ranoversquarells - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    @ coasttocoast12

    Seriously? Cousins AND Rondo on the same team? Before we know it the Celtics will resemble a VH1 series …

  8. anvilrepairman - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Demarcus, this is Kevin ,Paul and Rajon . by the way Kevin is whose house you will be staying at for the rest of the seaon.

  9. allen227 - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Typical. Kick him out the league.

  10. patfic15 - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Every story about Cousins is the same. Potential all star…issues… yadda yadda yadda

  11. savvybynature - Dec 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I blame Sean Elliot, OJ Mayo, Keith Smart, the entire Kings organization, the media, USA basketball and the entire Olympics, President Obama, the Republic of Georgia, the Girls Scouts of America, Carl Jung, the French pop duo Air, mint-flavored M&Ms, the global recession, the color beige, and rap music.

    Lol. What happened to all the writers defending him and saying that his reputation as immature was unfair? I thought he was just misunderstood? Ha. Guy is a great talent but like Sean Elliot said (and was lambasted for), this guy needs to mature and needs a dose of humility!

    • brutl - Dec 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      No, only about one writer said that.
      The rest of them tow the line and so do you. You’ve read so many negative stories you’re writing your own now.
      I thought you were right on up until the the part about Obama!

    • sdlakerfan - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      One of the greatest posts of I’ve read on this board…Thank You!

    • kavika6 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:19 AM

      Hillarious. Well thought out savvybynature.

  12. bigwii - Dec 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Time for the Celtics to bring him in him and rondo would be fun to watch in so many ways and along with KG and Doc I think he will calm down a little

    • kavika6 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      Cousins, Rondo and KG. Look out Boston area Bloods and Crips, you’ll have some competition.

  13. nokoolaidcowboy - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Man child.

  14. edwardemanuelson - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    ::cough:: Spurs get it done! ::cough::

    • kavika6 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:25 AM

      I considered the Spurs before the season but a gangster man-child would never fit in there. They’ve got their hands full with Jackson.

    • money2long - Dec 23, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      he’d make pop retire and sell all his tractors.

  15. scalfor3 - Dec 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    I think he’ll eventually put it together and be a productive guy for a contender a la Rasheed Wallace in Detroit. Guys with his kind of talent get a lot of chances to turn it around

  16. fotydaze - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    That one and done thing is really paying off huh?

  17. felisberto - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    DeMarcus Cousins for gasol.

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