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DeMarcus Cousins not with Kings in Portland tonight

Dec 26, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

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The team’s suspension was ended but that apparently doesn’t mean DeMarcus Cousins is back with the Kings.

Cousins practiced with the team on Monday but is not with the team now in Portland for a Wednesday night game, tweets Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. (Tyreke Evans is out as well as he recovers from a sore left knee.)

Why? It’s simply coach Keith Smart’s call and he said that Cousins was clear to practice but that was different than playing in a game. Draw your own conclusions. Cousins apparently had a few words with an assistant coach during a Christmas Eve practice but it didn’t appear to be major. This could still be residual from the last argument at half time, a profanity-laced tirade that got Cousins suspended by the team.

The Kings won their one game so far without Cousins, a 108-96 win over Portland.

As has been noted before, Smart essentially got this job because he had a good relationship with Cousins, a guy the Kings think could be a franchise player. Other teams agree he has the talent but few are interested in doing a fair trade for him (if any at all) because of concerns about his behavior and how he’ll fit in the locker room.

Cousins switched agents as well to Dan Fegan. Who was the guy who brought us the Dwightmare in Orlando. So, expect more fireworks down the line.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Dec 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Rumour had it that Smart required Cousins to apologize. I’m guessing that hasn’t happened and therefore Cousins can stay home.

    • pacific123ocean - Dec 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      Funny!

  2. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Seriously I think the Maloofs are sabotaging this team in order to turn off fans and the city of Sacramento just to make it easier when they apply for relocation to Virginia beach or wherever they decide to go.Its a shame the Maloofs have turned this team into a joke and has alienated it’s once rabid fan base.

    • kavika6 - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:04 AM

      The NBA version of the movie “Major League”. Do you think the Maloofs are paying cousins under the table to cause chaos?

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