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DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t let teammates shake hands with Chris Paul (VIDEO)

Nov 23, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

DeMarcus Cousins, as we all know, has a short temper. The Clippers, as we all know, aren’t above trying to get under a player’s skin.

Put the two together, and you get some fireworks.

After the Clippers squeaked out a win at home over the Kings, Cousins wasn’t afraid to show his displeasure with the result. As Kings guard Isaiah Thomas went to shake hands with Chris Paul after the game, Cousins put an end to any friendliness or show of sportsmanship that was about to take place. (via @crabdribbles)

Thomas can do a lot of things on the court despite his stature, but stopping Cousins from dragging him away is apparently not one of those things. He tried to double-back to not leave Paul hanging, but Cousins wasn’t having it.

Paul and Cousins have sniped at each other plenty over the years, and this was Paul’s response to the whole ordeal after the game:

I have to say, “He needs some guidance” is one of the better digs I’ve seen in a while, even if Paul didn’t have to say much after the victory.

Cousins is a pretty polarizing guy in general, and stopping his teammates from shaking hands with the opponent falls in line with that. Some people like the animosity and the return to the “golden days” where players all wanted to rip each other’s throats out instead of be best friends. Others think that Cousins is just being a poor sport.

One thing is for sure: Cousins’ hatred for the Clippers is palpable, and it’s definitely entertaining.

  1. brianspider - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Love it.

    • brianspider - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Plus it saved as all from witnessing the inevitable Chris Paul flop as soon as he makes contact with another human being

  2. legend30 - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I actually like this from Cousins. It seems like this generation of players just want to be friends. Which is why I’m going to miss players like Kobe, Kevin Garnett, Ron Artest and Kenyon Martin.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      This generation doesn’t want to be friends like the last generation – Magic and Isiah kissing before each game, Jordan and Barkley playing 18 holes before their finals games, etc.

      Either way, being a sore loser to this extent ain’t cool bro – it’s just immature.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    If he really wanted to piss CP3 off, instead of snubbing him he’d get chummy and put his hand around Paul’s head.

  4. poundtherock - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    DeMarcus Cousins is an old school basketball player and I love it. I wouldn’t shake hands with Paul or Blake either. Anyone who watched this game could see how unfairly it was being officiated and how much flopping was taking place between Paul and Blake.

    That being said, as a Kings fan, we shouldn’t have put ourselves in such a huge hole early on (down by 20). The Kings will get better, maybe not drastically so this year, but with Cousins, IT, and McClemore as solid pieces moving forward.

    Oh and Doc Rivers whines a whole lot too.

    • jimsjam33 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Here’s old school for you . We won . You lost . Next !

  5. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    He wouldn’t shake Cliffs hand either.

  6. kavika6 - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Is english Chris Paul’s native language?

    • bucsnsincity - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      He don’t know better, he need some guidance.

    • reesesteel23 - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      English*** You’re welcome.

  7. OutcastWriter - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    There’s a difference with being an old-school basketball player and being an angry player. Cousins has shown that angry side multiple times and not just against the Clippers. I understand that he has no love for the team, but it’s pretty pathetic to prevent your teammate from wanting to shake hands with the opposition; let the man do what he wants to do. Also we seem to live in the paradoxical world of either “what happened to old-school sports?” and “everybody just needs to get along.” Anyone ever remember the old adage of “respect thine enemy.” You can show good sportmanship and still want to put the beat down one them the next time you meet. People seem to think that it has to be one or the other, it can be both; it’s just harder to do. I love Cousins’ passion but it always seems to come out in the wrong ways, he could be a superstar if he just got his attitude in order.
    Also interesting that so many people like to rail on the Clippers; I’m not saying they don’t have their problems, but no one seemed to care about things like flopping and whining back in the not-so-good days of Clipperdom (read: before the Chris Paul trade…which was a thirty year period by the way). I think there is that reaction because the Clippers are the new kid on block and haven’t earned their bruises yet (of which they have a point). All NBA teams flop or whine at some point and their are a number of teams which are just as bad if not worse than the Clippers in those categories (Spurs and Heat in flops; Lakers, Knicks, and Heat in whining).
    Honestly I think a lot of it is relative, and some of it is probably jealousy (who doesn’t wish that the crappy team you root for was doing better like the team currently beating your team), but the most important thing is the personal choices people make; we seem to give a pass on sports players because of what they do, but if someone acted like Cousins did in 95% of jobs of most working Americans…it wouldn’t end out well for them; especially for their own advancement.

  8. 00maltliquor - Nov 24, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    You know what…I like it! Lol!

    Even better when Thomas tried to go back and Big Cuz turned around and swiped it a second time. I wonder what the locker room convo was like later on.

  9. lakerade - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Love it. Sounds like a future Laker to me. And even if not, still love it.

  10. bhughes81 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    It speaks to DeMarcus as a player and person, but at the same time Paul and the Clips are such dirty players. They’re about as close as it gets to the Detroit Bad Boys in this day and age.

    • uncledrew22 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      No they’re not. They aren’t nearly as tough as the Bad Boys. You drive the lane against the those Pistons, and you would be picking yourself up off the floor.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:14 AM

        Yup. Good times.

  11. clip4life - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Poor sport, he better learn how to handle losing better or it’s gonna be a long season for him

  12. mydoghasfleez - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Do not care much for the Clippers’ antics either.
    Do not care if Cousins does not want to shake hands with Clippers. His prerogative.
    But Thomas should tell Cousins to GTF out of his business, if he wants to shake hands with someone. (privately, in locker room, afterwards)

  13. sasquash20 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    This might be trouble for my fantasy locker room. My 2 studs not on the same page. lol

    But I love this stuff really. Hate makes better games

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