|It was nice of Ed Malloy to reenact the Cousins-Elliott incident for us. (US Presswire)|
The Kings big man can be a very unfiltered stream of consciousness on and off the court, especially when he gets going. Elliott is the same way at the broadcast table when his Spurs are playing, well, poorly or even just breathing. Put the two together, and you get a very awkward combination.
After the Kings and Spurs played in Sacramento on Friday night, the two had a "confrontation" of sorts. Cousins was informed of comments Elliott made about him during the telecast regarding a couple of plays Cousins made against future Hall of Fame power forward center big man Tim Duncan. It prompted Cousins to talk a little trash about Duncan to the Kings' bench.
Moments later, Duncan rejected Cousins on a shot and Elliott responded with this little tirade in defense of his former teammate (via Spurs Nation):
“That's why some humility is in order,” Elliott said on the air. “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 ballclub 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.”
When informed of Elliott's comments after the game, Cousins basically called the Spurs broadcaster immature and later went to the court to confront him about said comments.
Cowbell Kingdom had video of Cousins' comments about Elliott after the game:
We're probably not going to see any serious consequences from this exchange. There aren't really grounds for suspension for Cousins, although a fine of some sort would certainly be warranted to curb this kind of behavior in the future.
Whoops! What idiot wrote that crossed out thought earlier?
Cousins is a guy who just says whatever comes into his mind, or so it seems. This isn't a bad thing for the league, necessarily. It's just something that he and his team will have to deal with from time to time. As long as he's producing and the Kings are winning, it won't really be an issue; it'll just be a fun side story on many nights. Unfortunately for the Kings, they're 2-4 this season so it ends up looking like more of a distraction than it probably is.
Elliott is a pretty big homer for the Spurs by broadcasting standards on the local telecasts you'll find on NBA League Pass. He seems to often be rooting for the Spurs, which makes sense when you factor in that he played for the organization for 11 of his 12 seasons in the NBA. He was teammates with Duncan, played for Gregg Popovich and is essentially paid to talk about the team that he's rooting for.
What would have been fun is if both Elliott and Cousins had to perform their duties in the next game with a muzzle of some sort. I don't see how that could go wrong for both parties.
(H/T to ProBasketballTalk for the link)