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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. 
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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2011 8:33 am
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Are you guys reading why he is being suspended?? Maybe Greene needed his ass whipped, maybe he will play better. The 2009-10 rookie of the year Tyreke Evans is playing like a bum and Cousins is calling him out. The Kings have talent but if you ever watch their games, it seems they are going through the motions. As a competitior I can see where Cousins is coming from. Westpaul is not a good coach, he is a push over who sits on the sidelines looking lost. He cannot inspire anyone, Cousins is probably at his wits end with the coaching staff and his team. Cousins, Beno and Landry seem like the only one's trying to win. P.S. I am not a Kings fan, just watch alot of their games.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2011 8:24 am
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Total toolbox.  Pity, talent out the ying-yang and he's going to piss it away.  That Calipari, really a maker of men down there, huh?



Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2011 5:24 am
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

I think DMC could turn out to be the best player in 2010 draft but hes not worth the hastle. Im so tired of players who think there
 bigger then the game, I just hope the kings become the third team involved in Melo trade so we could send DMC to Denver and Garcia
 to the Nets or Denver and New Jersey gets Melo and Billups, we (the kings) would want J.R Smith and D. Favors also an expiring contract
and Denver like I said would get Cousins, Garcia, D. Harris, and 2 high first round Picks! Sounds like wishful thinking on my part bt it
 sounds like good trade? lol!



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:45 am
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Cousins is obviously a guy who has anger issues. To me the way to deal with it is to point it out to him that adults don't deal with these things the way he has been dealing with them and try to get him to see a counselor- much the same way Ron Artest has. Perhaps Ron Artest is the guy to talk to him about it. Cousins is young and at a point where he's establishing his manhood. Most guys don't deal with the adjustments to maturity in a negative way, but he apparently has. We're all different, and we learn things at different times. He's very talented, and if he can learn to deal with his frustrations in a more socially acceptable way, and come to understand that others are learning the game too, and will make their mistakes and have different points of view about what to do in any given situation, he can be a great asset to the Kings. If not, he'll be like Artest. Teams will keep taking a chance on him because of his talent, and he'll get tossed around the league until he finally matures.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:44 am
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Cousins is obviously a guy who has anger issues. To me the way to deal with it is to point it out to him that adults don't deal with these things the way he has been dealing with them and try to get him to see a counselor- much the same way Ron Artest has. Perhaps Ron Artest is the guy to talk to him about it. Cousins is young and at a point where he's establishing his manhood. Most guys don't deal with the adjustments to maturity in a negative way, but he apparently has. We're all different, and we learn things at different times. He's very talented, and if he can learn to deal with his frustrations in a more socially acceptable way, and come to understand that others are learning the game too, and will make their mistakes and have different points of view about what to do in any given situation, he can be a great asset to the Kings. If not, he'll be like Artest. Teams will keep taking a chance on him because of his talent, and he'll get tossed around the league until he finally matures.


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