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DeMarcus Cousins won’t shake J.J. Redick’s hand, Redick appears confused (VIDEO)

Nov 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t want his teammates shaking hands with their opponents, believing that they will be better served in competition by loathing the other team instead of liking them, even by showing the smallest display of sportsmanship.

Personally, I’m completely down with this philosophy. In an age where plenty of players have known each other since they were kids and off-the-court friendships without regard to team boundaries are prevalent, it’s nice to see some on-court animosity that could fuel some real competitive fire.

Cousins continued his pursuit of team above all on Friday, and did so once again against the Clippers.

After a play where he knocked J.J. Redick to the ground beneath the basket, Redick extended a hand to show he had no hard feelings. Cousins wanted nothing to do with it, of course, and the best part of the exchange was Redick’s completely perplexed reaction.

[via Larry Brown Sports]

  1. jonirocit - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I love it ! Proves he cares

    • mayorrobford - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Nah, it just further proves what type of scumbag Cousins really is at heart. This is a professional league marketed to many people including children. This is just another example of how sad we have become as a society as you look at all the people who “love this” and gave it a thumbs up.

      WOOT WOOT, pretending you have no respect for your opponent! Good stuff! In a league with free agency and who tries to sell people on the NBA and it’s players working together in I don’t know how many different types of events players should be more like Cousins.

      Less respect should be paid and the young players should eat it up, there’s too much respect shown for others in society.

      Oh and Hockey players show respect to one another despite the fact that they are playing a MUCH tougher sport, hell you can have two guys get into a fist fight and still show respect to one another, know why?

      It’s called CLASS, they are chock full of it and players like Cousins have NONE of it.

      Yes yes more of this type of classless behavior, I’m sure the disrespect won’t ever lead to anything more….

    • shanelsweet - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Proves he’s a poor sportsman. Even boxers shake hands before and after a fight and after unintentional fouls. Don’t kids in youth leagues do the same thing? My 10 year old son and all his teammates certainly do and they care a lot about winning.

      • redbaronx - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        @shanelsweet – Boxers and in other sports competitors did NOT shake hands before and after a fight. Ever seen tape of Muhammed Ali vs. anybody? George Forman vs. anybody? etc.? Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas were friends but they barely acknowledged each other when they got on the floor twice in the Finals, including a Magic knockdown of Isaiah.

        The reason sports isn’t nearly as competitive or interesting as it used to be is this notion that everyone has to get along. I love the fact that Cousins is going old school and showing his teammates how it’s done. That old school mentality is sorely missing in the NBA today. That’s why games used to be much more competitive and interesting because you knew teams genuinely hated each other and wanted to win.

        That’s fine if your 10 year old son shake hands and learn the merits of sportsmanship at an amateur level, but in the pros people are going to work, and they have every right to want to knock off the competition.

      • 24thesho - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        No, it proves that you’ve been watching the soft-ass era of NBA basketball.

  2. phillysports1 - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Hahahahah !!!!

  3. thomaskouns - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    I get it – he’s showing he’s a competitor – ‘great media stuff’ that personifies every sports cliche.

    I rather see his team first start winning and then he can do that stuff.

    There is a huge disconnect between the media’s and some fans perception of Cousin’s game and what he actually provides in terms of wins (Google Grantland Cousins Scouting Report).

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I love it. You need to be pissed off when you play. People don’t realize how good Cousins is and he wants to win. Dude could shoot, post up, pass, rebound, but his D could improve.

    Players like him change the culture of teams.

  5. uscoach - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Love this attitude

  6. nandeezy33 - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Wait a minute….weren’t you bandwagon fans trying to kick Cousins out of town for his behavior last year? Now you think he’s a team leader?!?!?!

    Let me know how that egg on your face and crow tastes when you’re done with it.

  7. otissistrunk - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Cousins is a punk

  8. ufools - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I’d be pissed to be on that team too. How about this, you punkazz Cousins….just play better.

  9. logicalcomment - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    HAHAHAHA love the reaction !!!

  10. mogogo1 - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    I remember stories about Bill Laimbeer refusing to say hello to guys he’d won championships with simply because they’d been traded or signed elsewhere. I don’t like the vibe some guys give off where you really wonder if they care if they win or lose, but you can still compete hard while acting like a decent human being. And in a league where guys constantly switch teams, Cousins isn’t going to be a really popular guy in the locker room.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      No, that was Kevin Garnett when Ray Allen signed with Miami, then that d-bag does the same thing Allen did a year later. Hypocrite.

  11. beach305 - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    I dunno, it was always better to beat your friends at a pickup game then some stranger. We always wanted to have bragging rights in our circle.

    If you take this to mean that he’s a more focus competitor than a Durant or CP3, because he doesn’t shake hands it’s really dumb on your part.

  12. aldavis4president - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    I like it! I feel like fans care more about winning then the actual players most of the time. Some of these guys lose and are crackin smiles jokes during and after the game with eachother or opposing team. It shows he cares about winning. I know it shouldn’t matter but as far as the media goes, he gets blamed when they lose and gets no credit when he win, so he’s gna do what he has to do to get his team rdy and opposing teams rattled. Oh and btw GO WARRIORS!!!

  13. maracineanu16 - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    Cousins is a moron

  14. pfic15 - Dec 1, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Doesn’t prove he cares. Proves he’s still a child trapped in a mans body doing a mans job. Continue to enjoy mediocrity Kings fans.

  15. tushymcspankspank - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Not the biggest cousins fan, but I love this and wish sports had more competition, and less players shaking hands, hugging and having circle jerks together. This sissified era where everyone’s great, everything’s stylish (swag), this is much welcome

    • mytthor - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Man, look at draft day suits for every player ever. If you don’t think they’ve always cared about style, you’re kidding yourself.

      Shaking hands with your opponent doesn’t preclude competition.

  16. tushymcspankspank - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    lol screw you

  17. stayhigh_247 - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I love it! We’re not friends, I’m here to rip your neck off. Modern nba players are all too friendly, a little more nasty is needed.

  18. jvw23845 - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Hey! Great idea.. Duhmarcus

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