SportsNation Blog Archives DeMarcus Cousins
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to hit 484 3-pointers last season, making their nickname of the "Splash Brothers" more than appropriate. It seems like DeMarcus Cousins, who is practicing with Curry as part of Team USA and hit zero 3-pointers last season, was a bit envious of their success:
As you can see, Curry is less than impressed. It's not all bad for Cousins, though. At least he hit the rim twice in a row. That's pretty good! Fortunately for Cousins, if he keeps dropping 22 points and 11 rebounds per game, Sacramento Kings fans won't mind if he jacks up an ill-fated 3 every once in a while.
More trouble for DeMarcus Cousins
Just look at DeMarcus Cousins' numbers: 22.3 points per game, 11.5 rebounds, 1.59 steals, a 25.75 player efficiency rating (sixth in the NBA). And yet, all is not right for a player long known for behavior issues and a lack of defensive effort. His Sacramento Kings, as expected, are battling with the Los Angeles Lakers to stay out of the basement in the Western Conference (they're 20-37 through Thursday). And, on Thursday, Cousins was hit with a one-game suspension and $20,000 fine after he hit the Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverly and later went ballistic on a referee in a game Tuesday. To his credit, Cousins apologized on Twitter and certainly is having the best season of his career. But questions still swirl despite the big man having inked a four-year, $62 million deal with Sacramento in the offseason.
Volatile Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins was suspended indefinitely for what the team called "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team." The third-year player out of Kentucky has plenty of talent, but he's also struggled to stay on the court. This is the third this season that Cousins has been suspended, and he may be running out of chances in Sacramento. Will Cousins -- who is under contract through the 2013-14 season -- ever put it together?
DeMarcus Cousins clearly isn't a fan of Blake Griffin, as Thursday night's dustup indicated. Cousins called Blake Griffin an "actor," implying that Griffin plays up things for competitive effect on the court. Does Cousins have a point?