DeMarcus Cousins Suspended Indefinitely
The suspension comes after a wild game at the Staples Center against the Clippers yesterday in which Cousins played a brilliant first half looking like the all-star talent that he is, scoring nine points and having five boards and three sweet assists in just twenty minutes. Despite this play the Kings were down by 14 points at the half and apparently there was a locker room incident which led to Cousins not coming back out on the court for the rest of the game.
Cousins has responded to the suspension by saying:
“What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room. But I was wrong. I was wrong….I messed up and I apologize to my teammates for responding the way I did, and I’ll move on from it.”
The suspension comes on the back of multiple indiscretions over his first two years in the NBA, the most recent being a league imposed one game suspension for striking OJ Mayo in the groin as well as two games for being verbally aggressive to former player, turned TV analyst Sean Elliott.
The scouting reports when DeMarcus was drafted 5th by the Kings in 2010 was that Cousins was a rare talent, but his mental fragility and explosive temperament meant he was a huge risk for any team. That’s certainly been the case thus far in his early career, with Cousins averaging 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one block per game in his stint with the Kings so far.
What’s next for De’Marcus? Who knows, but it’ll be fascinating to see if Sacramento will persist with him or look to trade him. If they do look for a trade, it’ll be even more fascinating to see how much he’s worth on the trading block and which teams would try to take him in and rehabilitate him.