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DeMarcus Cousins reinstated by Kings following suspension

Dec 24, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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DeMarcus Cousins has been reinstated by the Sacramento Kings following a suspension that ultimately lasted just a single game, the team announced.

Cousins was back with the Kings on Monday and practiced with the team.

The suspension, originally scheduled to last “indefinitely,” was due to Cousins getting into it with Kings head coach Keith Smart during halftime of Friday night’s loss to the Clippers — an argument that reportedly saw Cousins aggressively and profanely pleading his case.

The question now becomes whether or not the action taken by the team will pay any immediate or long-term dividends. Sacramento did get just its second win in its last eight games with Cousins out of the lineup on Sunday, a 108-96 victory over the Blazers.

The Kings will obviously need a more focused and dialed-in Cousins the rest of the way if the winning ways are to continue.

It’s worth wondering whether the team will change its long-held stance of not being willing to trade Cousins. But for the offers that roll in to be any higher than twenty cents on the dollar, the player will need to be relatively free of issues and incidents for somewhat of a substantial period of time — something he’s been unwilling or unable to do throughout his NBA career thus far.

  1. twreck13 - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I predict Cousins will be a Maverick in the next year or so.

    • howmanyringsyourteamgot - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Dirk, Cousins and Mayo would be a good core

  2. howmanyringsyourteamgot - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Cousins needs to go to a team with a strong veteran prescence where his antics aren’t tolerated. Counseling is needed too, this guy is far too talented but he’s already hurting his value around the league. Cousins and Tyreke Evans need to get out of Sacramento, that franchise is a train wreck.

  3. warriors2533 - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    He needs to be on a leash

    • money2long - Dec 24, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      watch what you say. that sounds very bad.

      • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        that’s racist

      • money2long - Dec 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        put it this way, if someone with a platform had said that publicly, there’d undoubtedly be backlash. there r somethings you just can’t say regardless of what you intended !

  4. thekingdave - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    That’s a pretty neat idea, except for that whole part of Dallas lacking anything of substance to trade.

  5. lmoneyfresh - Dec 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    You’re under the impression the kings want to get better. You are sadly mistaken.

  6. patfic15 - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Z BO 2.0

  7. twreck13 - Dec 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    @thekingdave

    More thinking he’d just sign with Dallas once he opts out of a contract with whatever team he lands with after a trade/kings

  8. mrwright313 - Dec 25, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Maybe this has something to do with the fact that Keith Smart is a horrible coach and the Kings is a franchise has been and continues to be ran into the ground. Cousins is a malcontent, but I’m guessing something really got under his skin, and it probably has something to do with the article I read about the Kings recently on this very site.

  9. kavika6 - Dec 25, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    They brought him back too soon. He needed a little more time standing in the corner with his dunce cap on.

  10. 6stn - Dec 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Big body. Big contract. Small brain.

  11. vinegarstrokes42 - Dec 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    im sure he learned his lesson this time….

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