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DeMarcus Cousins, your suspension is coming for elbowing Mike Dunleavy in head

Mar 11, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins is going to get suspended for that.

If there is one thing the Serge Ibaka nut shot on Blake Griffin made clear, it’s that the NBA league office takes prior offenses and any pattern of problems into account when dishing out punishments. This would be Cousins fourth suspension-worthy incident from the league this season, so you can bet it’s gone at least a game, maybe a couple.

And once again, it comes back to Cousins not being able to control his anger.

On the previous play Mike Dunleavy collide got tangled up and earn double technical. We can debate whether Dunleavy undercut Cousins in the fight for position — and NBA players rightfully get freaked out about potential knee damage — or if that was something from the normal course of play.

What you can’t argue is Cousins reaction goes too far — on the following play Cousins throws an elbow to Dunleavy’s head, and after review he was tossed. James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom was at the game and reports Cousins looked at Dunleavy and said “I got you” before the play in question.

Cousins has said before when he feels wronged he can’t let things go. But he has got to learn to channel that into a more productive energy for his team — the Kings best player (he had 24 and 10 in three quarters Sunday) getting tossed in a game they end up losing by two is not good for anyone. Well, except the Kings’ opponents.

But the fact is the Kings have had coaches, current veterans, Hall of Famers and everyone West of the Mississippi talk to Cousins about not losing it. Yet here we are. This is on him; he is in control of his reactions.

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Maybe I’m missing something, but what’s going on with those Kings unis? I know they’ve worn them a couple times this year and I don’t get it.

    • phaden27 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      I’m not a supporter of the Kings moving, but it looks like a checkered flag.
      Signaling a finish to their time in Sacramento maybe?

  2. brianspider - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Kings fan here. Longtime Cousins proponent. Not anymore, what an idiot.

  3. money2long - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    between bynum and cousins, two potentially dominant big men, the discussion of whether or not each respective player deserves a max contract is for two very different reasons.

  4. sdemp - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    So looking forward to the day Cousins says/does something to the wrong person and gets his azz kicked.

    #chump

  5. bjerkrulez - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    When will the NBA initialize a psychological exam for rookies?
    It may sound absurd but we have an obvious nutcase here

    These players may have the talent, but they should also have the brains to control their emotions

    I understand that basketball is a physical game, but intentionally hurting someone? that’s disrespecting the game itself (unless its the WWE)

    • tibbs7 - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      When you give your best effort and realize you have an issue, medications are certainly a reality. He has a promising career and it would be a shame if his anger problem ruins that and the rest of his life. Good luck.

  6. stadix093 - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    The fact that he did it makes him a jerk. The fact that he actually complained after the call makes him an idiot. This guy could be so good, it’s just sad that he may never get it. Just saying that as a NBA fan who wants the best product possible.

  7. openseason51 - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    He is going to hurt a fan someday and get suspended for a long time or worse he will do something off the court and wind up in jail. MWP aka Ron Artest learned the hard way. Players like Cousins just don’t get it. Fines and 1 or 2 game suspensions don’t seem to help. Stern better get stern before something tragic happens.

  8. dslmn - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    The real culprit here is the coaching staff. When they saw DMC react to the collision and have to be restrained by his teammates, he should have been pulled out of the game and allowed to cool off for several minutes and when he goes back in, given a warning that he would be benched for any retaliation. Given his history, it’s obvious that he was not going to cool off. Demarcus was having a monster game, the Kings had a good chance to win, and having Demarcus there is a major part of the puzzle. He was the only one making shots. There is no more talented young big man in the league but right now he’s a six billion dollar aircraft carrier with a 10 cent control tower. The Maloofs over rode the coache’s last suspension. I doubt they can over ride the league suspension. DMC needs a mentor who can get through to him and show him that playing the game well is not enough, you have to be a great teammate and a person in control of yourself to be considered a great player.

    • december77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:35 AM

      I understand what you’re saying, but at what point should the coaching staff expect a 23 year old to be a man? This is his third year in the league, but he’s still dumb as a rock. How many more YEARS will it take for him to be a professional? An adult? If they keep pampering him like a baby and deprive him of opportunities to be disciplined, he’ll never grow up. Because of their talent, guys like Cousins have been spoiled and catered to all their lives, and they expect it to continue on in their professional careers. I’m sure he thinks he’s got it all figured out. I’m afraid he might already be “too smart” to be receptive to any advice from someone he’ll consider to be an old geezer mentor. And I mean, come on…he’s gonna try to show us what kind of a hard ass he is against MIKE DUNLEAVY?!?! Wow, Cousins, you’re a real tough guy…

  9. hojo20 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    How is Mike Dunleavy still in the NBA?

    • zblott - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      By having an absurdly high 3-point FG% (44%) and overall effective FG% (56%), plus he’s one of the smartest 6-feet-9 passers in the league. And he’s generally smart and knows his role and hustles and gets along well with his teammates. But if you mean other than all that, I got nothing.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        His teammates are also frustrated with his ejections. Very frustrated.

    • bougin89 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      @hojo20…

      You aren’t very educated on the NBA are you?

  10. zblott - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Sometimes it takes players like DeMarcus Cousins to make uninformed fans realize that there’s much more to a player adding positive value to a club than having good surface-level stats. If only when they’d notice, they would then apply this information to more than 5 guys in the league.

  11. louhudson23 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Problem:Physical maturity of a 25 year old. Mental maturity of a 3 year old.
    Solution:????

    • dko83 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Therapy.

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