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During his sophomore year in school, midway through the season DeMarcus was involved in an altercation with a faculty member. Cousins maintains that he was ‘defending himself’ but seems resigned to the fact that his immaturity has become a constant attack on his character.
"That’s been a dark cloud that has hung over me for my entire career," Cousins told Yahoo Sports. "Every time I do something good, that gets brought back up."
The Kings organization is not blind to the trials and troubles of DeMarcus Cousins. Geoff Petrie, GM, knew about this and chose upside when he drafted the rookie in the first round. Often referred to as mercurial, Cousins was praised as a freak with tremendous potential but attitude concerns. In that respect Cousins has more than lived up to the definition. Mercurial is defined as someone who is lively, engaging and very likely to do the unexpected. Oh boy.
Cousins must come to terms with the fact that he can never ever be given the benefit of the doubt. Exactly why I’m selling this contorted idea of defending the honor of his team and himself in his latest dustup. This time Cousins got into it with Spurs color commentator Sean Elliott, a goofy homer by his own account. The whole fiasco started with what Elliott concluded was some trash talk coming from Cousins directed at Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan.
That’s when Elliott launched this tirade on the Spurs telecast.
That’s why some humility is in order. 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 ballclubs…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.
Somehow word got back to Cousins about the televised blast and Cousins confronted Elliott post-game muttering something to the effect of ‘I’m going to jack him up’. Although no punches were thrown Cousins was suspended two games by the NBA early Monday morning and the league also announced it will be investigating the incident to determine if any further action is needed. Cousins will serve the last game of his suspension by sitting out the next game against Utah at Sleep Train Arena.
Who is the real immature one spreading word of this back to Cousins? And secondly where were the veterans at to prevent this whole thing from going down in the first place? Regardless of what was said by Elliott Cousins needs to put an end to this. When the Kings decided to forge a ‘shield of defiance’ in their new team campaign this year I didn’t know it would be literally interpreted.
Inevitably the ‘trade Cousins’ talk will start up yet again this week but if anyone needs to go it’s the Maloofs and their lack of business acumen. On the Kings website the Maloofs have compiled a very neat bio on themselves where they all unanimously cite their business acumen as major drivers of their life.
To the Maloofs credit they’ve had a stellar record when it comes to the things they own. They guided the Kings out of dark misery and into relevance for a decade. The Maloofs also oversaw the WNBA Monarchs who would win a title in 2005 before the team folded in 2009. A lot of things folded that year in Maloof-land. The Maloofs sold their once valuable controlling interest in the Palms. The family also shut down its family beer distributorship plants in New Mexico. A stalling economy took its toll on playboys who once stuffed their faces with 500 dollar burgers in fast-food ads.
The Maloofs are at fault here in my opinion as is Geoff Petrie for either ignoring all the questions about Demarcus’s character and glossing over them with his upside or for thinking they had all the tools in place to foster his growth. I think the latter definitely speaks to the Maloofs based on their choice of Coach.
At a time when the talent pool of coaches was flush with tenured coaches who could guide a young team to relevance, the Kings swung for the…outfield, with the choice of Keith Smart. And I like Smart; I like how he’s held everyone on the team accountable over the summer with regards to workouts and working on their games. But Smart is limited only by his experience. A described ‘loose cannon’ like Cousins would benefit greatly from the coaching of Jerry Sloan or Phil Jackson. Smart may be the guy but he can’t be the best we can do.
The Kings are laughing-stocks of the league and I think a lot if not all of it has to do with the Maloofs. The fans seem to support the team almost in spite of the Maloofs. It has become more about their confidence in the team and not their approval of ownership. The Maloofs long strange story with Sacramento is one filled with highs and lows. The team has supposedly flirted with the idea of relocating to Virginia Beach, a claim the team refuses to comment on. The team takes a ‘no comment’ stance on any questions related to their future plans and whether Sacramento will be in them. It’s a troubling move for a ownership team already at odds with the community and its fans. And now this.
Enough is enough,
Cousins needs to start being mature and the Maloofs ownership need to start showing it. Attitude is reflection of leadership. The Maloofs had it once, can they regain it?
QUOTES AS TOLD TO: Kentucky.com/ Jason Jones Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/27/2006969/demarcus-cousins-looks-to-himself.html#storylink=cpy
MALOOF BIO: Kings.com
Cousins Story to Yahoo Sports: Rivals/Yahoo Sports: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=jn-cousins031610