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Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

Posted on: February 13, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2011 6:08 pm
 
The Sacramento Kings have listed DeMarcus Cousins as inactive and have not yet decided whether to suspend him following an altercation with a demarcus-cousins-kingsteammate on Saturday night. Posted by Ben Golliver.

This is exactly what scouts and analysts mean when they say a player is a "red flag" during the pre-draft process.

On Saturday night, we noted reports that Sacramento Kings rookie big man DeMarcus Cousins got into an altercation with teammate Donte Greene following the team's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Cousins was reportedly upset that he didn't receive the ball on the Kings' final possession and exchanged swings with Greene, who had inbounded the ball to Kings guard Tyreke Evans instead of Cousins.

On Sunday, the Kings released a statement that said Cousins would "not play in tonight's game at Phoenix while the organization reviews the situation that occurred in the locker room following last night's game versus Oklahoma City."

Earlier reports noted that Cousins had been suspended, but Yahoo! Sports reported on Sunday that the Kings have simply listed Cousins as "inactive" for Sunday night's game against the Suns in Phoenix and that any further disciplinary action - including a potential suspension - will not be released until Monday. 

The Kings own the worst record in the Western Conference at 12-38, so Cousins' frustration with all the losing is understandable, to a degree. He's a competitive, fiery spirit that wants to help his team win and has faith in his own considerable talent. But SacTown Royalty brilliantly laid out the biggest problem with this situation: Cousins wasn't even open on the play in question. 

In other words, this was a baseless public tantrum from an immature rookie, one that showed up a veteran teammate (Greene). To make matters worse, Cousins' actions also went against his coach, Paul Westphal, and his team's best player, Evans. Cousins' job in this situation is to flash to the ball and then go rebound if he doesn't receive the pass. It isn't his responsibility to draw up plays, second-guess the plays that are drawn up, or question his teammate's late-game abilities, especially in a manner that is public and/or inflammatory. This is NBA 101 stuff.

The Kings have done the right thing by placing Cousins in timeout as they gather the facts. This incident has the potential to be a crossroads for Cousins, who has a long way to go if he is to become the consistent, reliable player and person that coaches look for when they divvy up late-game touches. Right now, he's just a mess.
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Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

Is DeMarcus the next Rasheed Wallace?


You might be on to something there...

How much weed does Cousins go thru a week?  Does he have a thing for all things Egypt?  Cousins still has a LONG way to go before I even throw him in with 'Sheed though.  All-star games, Finals, Conference Finals, the Atlanta Hawks for an hour or two...



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

I'm surprised he went this long before punching a teammate. Sometimes those pre-draft reports are right.




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

There are not 5 NBA centers better than Cousins right now
Hell, he has his way with most NBA vets today
Really?  Get a clue...he's only managing to stay on the floor for about 27 minutes per game during which he shoots less thal 44% from the field and 68% from the line.  Amoung Centers, he is 9th in scoring and 15th in rebounds per game but not even in the top 30 in blocked shots.  There is no doubt Cousins has some real talent and real potential but to say he is one of the top 5 centers in the NBA right now is completely ridiculous...he loses that distinction on FG% alone -- no way a C should only be shooting 43.6% from the field if he is one of the top 5 in the league.



Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2011 8:03 am
 

Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

Cousins should have stayed in school a year or two more and grown up a bit. he's a big baby. cries when he doesn't get his way. Suspend his ASS. He's only hurting the team.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:51 am
 

Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

 Don't they have any assistants who can teach him how to behave like a professional???
You can talk to a brick wall all day long and they're not going to be any smarter for it.  He just doesn't get it.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:48 am
 

Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

Cousins is a very young guy.....almost a kid for crying out loud. It's not like he's breaking the law or wreaking havoc on the free world....he threw a punch at some stiff that should be getting mop-up duty in the Italian league (yes I'm talking to you Donte Green).
Are you joking or just dumb?  I know when I threw a punch at another guy I quickly learned I was breaking the law.  Green's talent has nothing to do with the fact that Cousins acted like a whiny little punk and is already proving to be a detriment to the team.  He's got low-post offensive talent, but he's showing his a$$ on a nightly basis.  Its not good for the team or him.

 He's also the best rookie in the league not named Blake Griffin, including uberfrosh John Wall,
What a sad statement.  He's shot poorly from the field, poorly from the free throw line, rebounded decently, and is a Zach Randolph-type black hole on offense.  

There are not 5 NBA centers better than Cousins right now
Hell, he has his way with most NBA vets today
Only in the eyes of an overzealous UK fan.  14/8 with crappy efficiency is a long way from impressive.

Look.....the Kings are damned lucky to have him.
Of course they are.  Who wouldn't want a talented player who can't play with the other four guys as a centerpiece of their team?  DeMarcus Cousins has entered the league dozens of times over the years.  Guys with significant talent but so in love with themselves they never improve, fully exploit their talent, work hard, or understand that basketball is a team game.  He's got a long way to go before he's even approaches being worth the trouble.



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:19 am
 

Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

Is DeMarcus the next Rasheed Wallace?



Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

Anyone thinking this could be the next Dennis Rodman?


I'd hope not!

Rodman is a multiple NBA defensive player of the year, won back to back titles with the Pistons and then three with the Bulls.  He was one of the best rebounders of his generation if not one of the best of all time.  He's getting his #10 retired in Detroit in about 6 weeks and soon enough he'll be in the hall of fame.("crazy" isn't something that should keep guys out)  The Worm was a great player, and took advantage of the fact he could get away with a lot of things that other guys couldn't.  He also wore wedding dresses, married Madonna, kicked photographers in the junk and went wild with the hairdoo's after Wesley Snipes went blonde in Demolition Man.(No denying or defending those decisions)

But no.... Cousins isn't going to be the next Dennis Rodman.  He might end up being his own breed of ridiculous though.  Just don't see it being the kind that wins 5 championships.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

Some people seem to give Cousins a pass because he's so " young" - wrong, he has always been a pain in the ass, and he always will be...People like Cousins never change - he will be the same or worse 10-20 years from now. 


JRSmith4Three$$
Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2011 11:03 pm
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