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DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t think he did anything wrong elbowing Dunleavy to head

Mar 13, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

At some point Wednesday the word will come down that DeMarcus Cousins is suspended for a game or two by the NBA league office for the play above — Cousins elbowed the Bucks Mike Dunleavy in the head.

In the least shocking news of the day Cousins thinks he’s innocent and misunderstood. Just like the other three times he was ejected this season and the roughly 592 other incidents he’s had in the NBA. From the Sacramento Bee (via Tom Ziller at SBN).

“If you see the replay, it’s really not as hard as he acted it out to be,” Cousins said. “It really wasn’t….

“I was just trying to get around the screen,” Cousins said.


This incident came after Dunleavy had gone low trying to get rebounding position on the previous play and knocked Cousins in the knee. Cousins had a right to be frustrated. After a timeout Cousins confronted Dunleavy and both got technical for that.

“Actually, I was cool about it because I really didn’t know if he did it on purpose,” Cousins said. “And that’s what I asked him, ‘Was that on purpose?’ And his response was, ‘What if it was? What you going to do about it?…

“I don’t even know what I got a technical for,” Cousins said. “I just asked him a question. After he said what he said, I said, ‘I got you,’ and I walked away.”

When Cousins feels wronged he simply can’t let things go, he has to act out for some reason, whether it’s confronting a Spurs broadcaster or elbowing Dunleavy in the head. The thing is, when Cousins reacts like this and gets tossed from a close game Dunleavy wins. And the Bucks did win a close one.

Wednesday night the Bulls will have the advantage because the suspension to Cousins is coming. He did something wrong, and until he learns some self control the Kings will keep paying a price.

  1. spthegr8 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Well I for one, am SHOCKED that Big Cuz doesnt think he did anything wrong. I mean you can clearly see Dunleavy purposely RAN his head into DeMarcus’s elbow DUUUUHHHH!!!!

    • skids003 - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Cousins, he is what he is, He should be having to wash cars for a living. Useless.

  2. smcgaels1997 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    So Dunleavy saying “what if it was what are you going to do?” Is completely glossed over? Yep nevermind if he took him out low may have ended his career. Cousins action isn’t justified but let’s not ignore Dunleavy’s actions

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Dunleavy’s “actions” consisted of words. Cousins got blocked out on a rebound and didn’t like it so he tried to intimidate Dunleavy. That didn’t work so Cousins decides a shot to the head with his elbow was in order. Bye-bye Cousins. Anyone who thinks escalating an argument (words) into violence is a solution gets the punishment they deserve. Didn’t mommy ever teach you the rhyme about sticks and stones?

      • moseskkim - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        Dunleavy getting rebound position by jamming into cousins knee is as dirty a play as it gets. U know how dangerous that is to an nba player? We all know knees are delicate and injuries there can ruin careers

    • theindependentthinkerdc - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      It is called boxing out. Maybe Cousins shouldn’t have been just standing there like an idiot – maybe he should have done some boxing out himself. Oh wait – he never does…

  3. timb12 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Just like Garnett getting under Carmelo’s skin, you can’t blame Dunleavy. Cousins is an easy target and it’s his fault he took the bait.

  4. brutl - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Boogie gets robbed again. I wouldn’t call that throwing bows thats more like a push with his elbow.
    I would wanna knock dude out though too if he said that after under cutting me.

    • theindependentthinkerdc - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      It is part of the game – he got beat on the rebound and cried about it. He should have positioned himself better. And, if he was pissed, he should have beat him fair and square instead of acting like a thug.

    • slowclyde86 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Are you serious? Please tell me that yo are not that, well, slow. Yes, the world is picking on the innocent lamb.

  5. cameltoews - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Lets remember that’s what Cus said came out of Dunleavy’s mouth, Not a very trustworthy source. If he did say that I think he had it coming.

  6. sdemp - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Dunleavy is known throughout the league as one of the dirtiest and trash talking players so Cousins is clearly in the right here, hey.

    Some people are just stupid.

  7. LPad - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    This is looks more like bad officiating than anything else. It just looks like an offensive foul. I don’t think Dunleavy flopped, even though he is a flopper. And if Cousins was trying to start a fight or send a message that elbow would have been a lot harder. Sometimes refs just overreact.

  8. gls24 - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Well, with any luck for the good folks of Sacramento, he will be Seattle’s problem next season.

  9. aldavis4president - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    As a warrior fan, I’ve always hated the queens…but that was dirty on both plays…dunleavy could’ve blown cousins knee out!..and cousins retaliated with a elbow both should be fined imo..forget demarcus track record, on that play mike D. Could’ve Rly hurt cousins badly

  10. kb2408 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Does he ever think he did anything wrong? As talented as any big man in the league, not named Dwight Howard, but unless he changes his attitude he will never be a part of a championship team. He reminds me of Derick Coleman, great talent, terrible attitude.

  11. bigbenh8tr - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    dunleavys a punk he dove at a wizards players’ leg tonight too to stop a fat break. almost broke the dudes leg

    • docrecon - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      No player deliberately goes after another player in such a way as to end his career. they all realize that it could happen to any of them at any time. As a Thunder fan who watched the Rockets’ Beverly go after the ball & blow up Russ Westbrook’s knee, I KNEW he didn’t do it on purpose. He was going for the ball. Stupid play that he shouldn’t have tried to make? Yes, very much so. Attempt to cause a career-threatening injury? No…theses guys don’t play that way no matter how they might personally feel about each other. The biggest reason they don’t is because they know that if they do, they won’t make it through the game without being carried out on a stretcher. Barkley & Lambier hated each other with a passion, and even had a couple of fights….but neither tried to end the other’s career. That just isn’t done.

  12. sweetnlow44 - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Dunleavy should be suspended. That was a dirty dirty play and if he did that in pickup ball anywhere, he’d get his ass knocked out. Going at a guys’ knee unnecessarily like that is pathetic. Props to Cousins for being able to keep his cool.

    • docrecon - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Dunleavy didn’t “go after” Cousins’ knees. He got position underneath to block out for a rebound. Guys bang into each other, elbow each other, etc… all through the games. It happens when you have 10 guys trying to get one ball. It wasn’t a dirty play. As for what Cousins says Dunleavy supposedly said to him afterward, I’d have said the same thing. Aside from being a hard-nosed, tough ballplayer, Dunleavy likes to get into the mind of the guys he’s playing against….like Bird, Jordan, Magic, Barkley, Rodman, and most other players do….and that’s even if Dunleavy actually said it. Cousins DIDN’T keep his cool or he’d not have thrown the elbow that got him ejected later. Look up “Players ejected for hitting Thunder’s Steven Adams” if you want to see what it is for a player to keep his cool after being hit….as Jordan Hamilton, Larry Sanders, and Vince Carter all did & got ejected for doing….while Adams acted each time as if it never happened. No, it wasn’t a dirty play, and I’d imagine that Dunleavy could handle himself on a pick-up court & would most likely be the one doing the ass-kicking. He’s been a target his whole career & has always more than held his own.

    • docrecon - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Why Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder Is the Toughest ……steven-adams-is-the-toughest-player…

  13. starvingardens - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Who ever is saying Dunleavy’s boxout was dirty just stop. That’s how you play the game. He was ahead of Cousin’s and wasn’t even looking at him. It wasn’t done on purpose. To boxout on a bigger guy you need to get lower to establish better footing. Dunleavy did that and Cousins just happened to run into him.

    And to carry on after the play and elbow Dunleavy… that’s just foul. In the video, at the very last second, you can see that Cousins turns his head and sees Dunleavy then Whack!!!

    It’s such a waste that a bad apple has so much talent. He can’t be out of the league soon enough.

  14. docrecon - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    cousins is a whiner who doesn’t play up to his potential, and Dunleavy is a tough SOB who does what he has to do to win; just like all players who bust their asses every game….which, like everyone knows, Cousins doesn’t….As for taking shots by other players, OKC rookie Steven Adams has been punched, hit in the throat, elbowed, and given a shot to the face with a forearm…all 4 incidents causing the other player’s ejection & a suspension. in retaliation, Adams acts like he’s been bitten by a mosquito, smiles, and takes his FTs….and continues to play very tough & physical basketball (like any 7-foot tall ex-rugby player who’s the youngest of 18 & who’s brothers avg 6’9″ and who’s sisters avg 6-feet….one of whom is 6’4″ & a world-class shot-putter). Cousins need to toughen up a lot, stop whining like a kid, and use his abilities & size to become what he has the chance to be…one of the game’s best.

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