After Westphal relayed Petrie’s orders, Cousins departed the plane. Kings guard Francisco Garcia(notes) was upset that Cousins had been sent home, one source said. Garcia had Cousins meet with him at the Kings’ practice facility on Thursday for a long talk about the rookie’s professionalism and how he can better live up to his potential to be one of the team’s top offensive options.
While Cousins’ teammates get along well with him and hang out with him away from the court, they’re often frustrated by his moodiness and immaturity when things aren’t going his way, a source said. Some of Cousins’ frustration, however, stems from his belief that some of his teammates aren’t punished or criticized as hard as he is when they make mistakes, another source said.