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DeMarcus Cousins to re-join team in OKC

Posted on: February 14, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 5:06 pm

Posted by Matt Moore

Well that didn't take long. Just two days after being told to leave the team plane and being listed as inactive against Phoenix, DeMarcus Cousins is rejoining the Kings in Oklahoma City, via Sam Amick of NBA FanHouse who has been on top of this since the beginning, and confirmed later in a Kings press release:

Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins is headed for Oklahoma City to join the team, according to a source close to the situation.

So instead of missing the entire three-game roadie, he misses one game, then rejoins the team. The decision is likely to increase scrutiny over the Kings' handling of Cousins. Some will argue he should be punished more severely for fighting with a teammate in the locker room, while others will wonder if he really did do enough wrong, why no formal suspension was levied and why he only sat a game. It's pretty much a no-win for Sacramento. 

The Kings did release a statement on Cousins featuring the following quotes from General Manager Geoff Petrie and Cousins: 
“There is no place in the NBA for violence, either on or off the court,” said Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. “Upon investigating the events of Saturday night, we feel it is necessary to impose an appropriate fine related to DeMarcus’ behavior. We will now move forward together. We do not intend to give up on DeMarcus’ talent or potential. We look forward to watching his continued improvement and development, which has been significant since the beginning of the season.” “I wish to apologize to my teammates, the Kings organization and Kings’ fans for my role in an unfortunate altercation between teammates,” Cousins said. 
“I accept full responsibility for my actions and know that I must keep raising my standard of professionalism to be my best and a great player in the NBA.”

The fine's not out yet, but we're sure it'll get leaked soon enough. The Kings have to kind of hope to put this behind them as soon as possible and that they can essentially stay on top of Cousins long enough for him to work through his immaturity. It's a gamble, but with his talent, its' really the only option they have.

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:17 pm

DeMarcus Cousins to re-join team in OKC

If he was any other rookie, he would be sent to the D-League. And the longer the Kings treat Cousins as a baby, the longer he is going to act like one. I think somebody has surpassed Glen Davis..

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:02 am

DeMarcus Cousins to re-join team in OKC

I agree, one game and a fine is not enough.  The Kings are enablers!  NBA and the teams needs to start handing down major punishments for these situations.  I promise you he wouldn't do if the fine was 2 week's pay and 15 games!    

Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2011 8:34 am

DeMarcus Cousins to re-join team in OKC

The Kings are just Enablers.. and the next time, another slap on the wrist. 

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2011 7:18 pm

DeMarcus Cousins to re-join team in OKC

Be more entertaining if Cousins had written out that apology in his own words. You have to wonder how many times the word (expletive) would find it's way in there. 

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