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DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Posted on: February 13, 2011 3:21 am
Edited on: February 13, 2011 3:39 am
DeMarcus Cousins was suspended by the Kings late Saturday night following a locker room incident involving Donté Greene.
Posted by Matt Moore

DeMarcus Cousins is arguably already the league's most volatile player. Prone to fights with opponents and even his own coaches, it would seem his frustrations have now boiled over into conflict with teammates. FanHouse reports that Cousins has been suspended for at least the upcoming three-game roadtrip following a locker room altercation with Donté Greene that came to blows. Perhaps most stunning is the source of the argument. Cousins has reportedly become increasingly upset about Tyreke Evans' late game decision making and the coaching staff's reaction, culminating in Cousins yelling at Evans following the Kings' loss to the Thunder Saturday night, "from (the) tunnel to the locker room." 

Cousins has already been fined by the coaching staff, kicked out of practice, and benched for a premature choking gesture. In-between he's averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds, grabbing 17% of all available boards, shooting 44% from the field (a huge blemish) and has a league-average-ish PER of 15. He's a player with tremendous upside and ability, who just wants to win. But there are ways of dealing with that kind of passion, and Cousins has expressed all the wrong ones. 

The Kings have to find a structure to rebuild around, and if Cousins and Evans are incompatible, that's going to have to be established early. GM Geoff Petrie was right to act quickly and try and snuff this but furthermore, if the Kings decide Evans is the future and they can't rectify this rift, one of them will have to go. Furthermore, Paul Westphal and Petrie will have to figure out if the kid is worth the considerable headache he's providing them by continually being this much of a pain.  Good teams can't afford distractions of this magnitude, especially out of a rookie, let alone struggling squads like the Kings. 

Since: Mar 4, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2011 3:41 pm

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

There is no doubt Demarcus Cousins has all the character flaws described in the story.  He complains about calls and acts like a self absorbed 21 year old.

He is also the best and most dominent player on a team searching for an indentity.  His improvement during the previous 6 weeks  enabled the Kings to score victories over the Lakers and Hornets in back to back games. 

Evans has not had a good second year.  He dominates the ball at crunch time.  His undependable outside shot makes it easy to defense him in critical  situations.  Last night was no exception.  He attempted a 3 point shot with 5 seconds remaining when the Kings needed 2 to tie.  The right play was to go to Cousins who had a distinct advantage over the Thunder big men.

Cousins might have expressed himself poorly but he is not alone in questioning how  the Kings lost another close game. 

Since: Dec 21, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2011 3:40 pm

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

where is Kateintexas? where o' where?  for any of you that don't recall, she/he is the poster who after the uk-UofL game last year, made this statement, "I want to have big cuzs' love child".  that being the game where the aforementioned scholar-athlete big cuzzin, dropped a MMA style elbow down on a 185lb UofL player during a loose ball scrum. if it not for 'balln' every creepy retard like him would be hangn' on street corners for the rest of their lives and living off a gov. check. UK2.0K

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2011 3:27 pm

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

It sounds like he needs some sort of therapy.  The guy obviously can't control his emotions.  He is young and with good guidance he can overcome his issues.  Good luck DeMarcus! 

Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2011 3:13 pm

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

he was a crybaby thug at kentucky  nice too see some things never change   amazing how  morons with all this talent cant control there attitudes and have some respect for coaches todays players have no respect   its ridicoulous  its all sports  95% of todays players would have never made it back in the old days  its nuts guranteeed contracts and al the money is killing  respect

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2011 2:50 pm

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

I wonder if Duh-Marcus had a tv anywhere near him when Iverson was trying to punk anyone and everyone? The lesson to be learned, Duh-Marcus, is that the NBA will survive with or without any one man... and you are no AI (or Latrell Sprewell or Gilbert Arenas for that matter)!

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2011 2:37 pm

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Granted Demarcus Cousins is a great talent, I think Evans deserves that last shot! Cousins needs to do some maturing if he wants to make it in this league. When you are not a star a big ego is not going to be tolerated. I don't know who he thinks he is, but he better get it together or he is going to end up being another wasted talent out of kentucky.

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2011 2:14 pm

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Kentucky has a history of producing douchebags, and DeMarcus Cousins is a prime example.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2011 1:26 pm

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

He will learn the hard way just like a lot of other players that can't seem to get that this is a professional business, and the same way those players learned from the malice in Plalace debacle.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2011 1:19 pm

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

The good thing here is that he's in the NBA where he will be monitored and guided by grown men and professionals who will help his development... what's that? They DON'T teach anything or provide guidance in the NBA, my bad, haven't been watching since Jordan left, the first time. Oh well, good luck with CouSINS and not only keeping him happy but keeping your franchise as well. 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2011 12:57 pm

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Alien-evidently. Cousins was upset with Greene who inbounded the ball on the last play because he inbounded to Evans who missed the last shot and Cousins felt the pass should have gone to him.  They were only 2 done.  Evans shot was a 3.  This guy is just a loose cannon.

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