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DeMarcus Cousins delivers unexpected apology to Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott for last season’s incident

Mar 22, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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DeMarcus Cousins has showcased a consistent level of immaturity since coming into the league a few years ago, but a recent attempt to atone for a previous mistake may be a sign he’s ready to begin to turn things around.

Cousins was suspended two games last season for confronting Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott after a game to discuss some remarks Elliott had made during the broadcast. It’s not something a player should ever do, and the league had no choice but to make a statement with the suspension.

Elliott is a ridiculous homer to be sure, but nothing he said would have justified Cousins going after him once the game was finished.

“That’s why some humility is in order,” Elliott said at the time. “You think you’re dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn’t like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he’s going to respond. All that trash talking was premature. I’m not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclubs…should learn from this. Don’t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He’s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.”

Before the teams met again this season, Cousins approached Elliott once again. But this time, it was to issue an apology.

From Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News:

There was a moment of reconciliation about 90 minutes before Friday night’s Spurs-Kings game.

Standing behind the press table at midcourt, Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott was surprised to see Kings star DeMarcus Cousins walking toward him, hand extended to offer an apology to Elliott.

“I was surprised to see him come over to me,” Elliott said.

“DeMarcus seemed very sincere, and I really appreciated it.”

In the cycle of NBA news, it seems like an eternity ago that this incident took place. Good on Cousins for remembering, though, and for being the one to get it sorted out.

  1. JMClarkent - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    I think that we can end that “Evan Turner or DeMarcus Cousins” debate from draft night pretty easily these days…

    • sumkat - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Only using revisionist history

      Cousins was known as a problem/immature player. The first few years of his career proved that was a perfect scouting report.

      The list of guys with tons of talent and a bad attitude that eventually become model players, is maybe 5% of the list of guys with bad attitudes that NEVER made that change

      • sasquash20 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        Still man, You got a true freshman going for 15 and 10 and isnt even playing 25 min a game. You draft big talent over a safe pick in my book any day.

      • muhangis - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:24 AM

        SHUT UP w/ bull crap excuses! And just admit that you were wrong!

        “perfect” scouting report lol

    • biasedhomer - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Yep, talent can’t be teached, but immaturity can go away with some life lessons.

      • pdub923 - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        There are other lessons that can be teached…

    • muhangis - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      Throw in Wesley Johnson in there too! Lol.

      In all honesty – I’d 100% take Cousins over Wall, the former #1. That’s just going by skill and talent.

  2. savvybynature - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Cousins still has a ways to go, but hopefully this marks a big step in the right direction. Good on him for being man enough to admit he was wrong.

  3. csiegert4 - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Good. Glad to hear this…because once (if) he gets his head on straight he could wind up near Timmy’s level when it’s all said and done. Right now he’s already a top 10 player in the league, hands down (and I’m being lenient on some other guys b/c he might be top 5).

    • sasquash20 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      And he wont be 24 until August

    • adamsjohn714 - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:23 AM

      How on earth do you evaluate players? He’s an average scorer (who takes a ton of shots on a bad team), great rebounder, foul prone, turnover machine. He’s a decent center, but in no way is he a top talent. I can think of 5 or 6 centers I’d rather have right now.

      • pharohislife - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:52 AM

        You’re both over-exaggerating a bit, he’s definitely not a Top 5 player yet but there’s no doubt he’s a Top 5 Center.

      • baptiste8989 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        You’re smoking rock. Cousins is the best offensive Center in the NBA. He just needs to watch his attitude.

      • adamsjohn714 - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        Correction: He just needs to make more of his shots…

      • muhangis - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:34 AM

        Your comment is filled with bias and hate towards Cousins.

        How is he an average scorer??? He scores 22.1 pts in just 32.3 mins per game! That’s 27.5 pts per 40 min.

        His fg perc. is 49%, above league avg.

        His productivity per minutes is overall 3rd best in the league, behind only K Love and Durant. Higher than Lebron James

        You are an idiot for sure.

      • adamsjohn714 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        #1… what the heck is productivity per minute?

        #2 His fg% is 48.5 and the average center shoots 50.7%. His TS% is .5% above average at his position. I’d say that lands him solidly in the average scoring range. He takes a lot of shots at an average rate. That isn’t a particularly rare or valuable skill.

        #3 I have no bias against Cousins. He’s simply not good enough to be considered an elite player. He’s a decent center and likely to improve over the next few years. Cutting down on his long jumpers and turnovers would make him very good.

  4. bronx77 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Top 5 centers
    5. Everyone else

    • biasedhomer - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      How is Hibbert ahead of Cousins? Because he is on a better team? As the 3rd/4th option?

    • bjswoosh805 - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      What about Marc Gasol? and Al Jefferson?

    • ranfan12 - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Cousins is top 3 center.

  5. fotydaze - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Funny how he’s dyestuff to mature right about the time he would have been a senior in college…these guts NEED to finish college. Having to maintain grades and mentor incoming freshmen can only be a positive for these young guys and prepare them for life as a pro athlete

    • zerole00 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Maintain grades? You must be kidding, college is a pretty much a formality for these guys. Their grades have been “adjusted” since high school, why do you think so many go broke after their careers are over? There needs to be more accountability from everyone involved.

  6. vstyle23 - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Shaq told him to change his image. If you want to make real money change your image. Your already a baller so now just become likable and you’ll get paid. He’s listening well.

  7. cuhris84 - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Demarcus Cousins needs to be surrounded with veteran players. Look at what Wizards organization did for John Wall. All the veterans surrounding him, has blossomed John Wall to a superstar. He’s a much better leader on the floor. If you’re a young guy and you can get your older veterans to rally behind you, that goes a long way.

    Kings organization needs to follow suit.

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