The Sacramento Kings today announced that DeMarcus Cousins has been reinstated from his "indefinite' suspension after missing just one game, Sunday's win against the Portland Trail Blazers. Cousins was suspended for an excessively profane and verbal altercation with Head Coach Keith Smart during Friday's loss to the Clippers. Per the Sac Bee's Jason Jones, Cousins was back at practice today with the team.
In other, related news, USA Today's Sam Amick caught up with DeMarcus Cousins last night following the Kings win, to talk about his future and current situation.
Regarding whether he wanted to be in Sacramento and if he would sign an extension here:
"I want to be in Sacramento," he told USA TODAY Sports.
Asked if he wanted to be in Sacramento for the long term and if he could see himself wanting to sign another contract with the team either this summer (by way of an extension) or when his rookie deal expires after next season and he would become a restricted free agent, Cousins paused for some three seconds before answering.
"I want to be in Sacramento," he repeated. "The possibility does exist. It's a possibility."
and an interesting note about the Kings wanting Cousins to see a mental health counselor:
The Kings had been strongly advising the volatile Cousins to begin seeing a mental health counselor, but a person with knowledge of the situation said he refused to do so. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the matter.
Hopefully after this latest debacle, Cousins can begin to turn the corner in his career, although I'm afraid there will probably be several more bumps in the road.