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Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  19 responses

DeMarcus Cousins Clashing With Kings Coaches?

Cousins was recently fined $5,000 by Paul Westphal, and according to ESPN, there’s growing tension between the two. (The local paper, though, says it’s not that big of a deal): “Word is that handling rookie forward DeMarcus Cousins is proving to be an even bigger job for coach Paul Westphal and his staff than expected, even after the Kings hired Cousins’ high school coach (Otis Hughley) in hopes of keeping the 20-year-old — freshly relegated to a bench role — plugged in. One source close to the situation told ESPN.com that Cousins was fined recently for clashing with members of Westphal’s staff. I’ve also been advised that it’s not one-and-done as far as such clashes go, which has created a level of tension that — anticipated or not — obviously isn’t what the Kings need when they’re already operating at such an experience deficit on top of their serious defensive frailties. No one doubts the potential possessed by the Kings’ precocious tag team of Cousins and Tyreke Evans. But as one veteran scout warned me during summer league in Las Vegas, when tales and hints of Cousins’ volatility and immaturity spread quickly: ‘It’s always risky to have two young divas on the same team.’ Didn’t take long for the Kings to find out.”

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  • flight

    Tyreke’s a diva? I just thought he drove fast.

  • http://uiandtherest.com ap

    I wish teams would stop employing players who haven’t grown up, or can’t realize they are professionals. The belief of entitlement coupled with immaturity is getting worse.

  • http://www.slamonline.com NickthaQuick

    What does ‘the other big drafted ahead of him’ Derrick Favors think about this?

  • LeBron de Con

    They didn’t learn that diva stuff from me. No they didn’t. It was their “Decision”.

  • jahmai

    Honestly, it was just a matter of time.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Surprise!

  • All Day

    Who couldn’t see this coming…I’m surprised it took this long to happen. DeMarcus constantly clashed with Coach Cal at Kentucky. We really need to call DeMarcus “Big Baby” because of his immature attitude.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    not a good look, rook.

  • bails1

    As a Kings fan (yes I know) I have been furious with how these two have been playing so far this young season. Also Cousins officially took on Brad Miller’s role of always looking like you’re gonna start crying when it’s not going your way. Man up and quit committing dumbass fouls.

  • EtheKnickfan

    Coaches need to take the game back. Bench that fool for ten games. He’ll come around.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Kings just dont have a vet who would check the rook like it needs to be done. Beno and sammy arent doing it. Oak should start his own ‘consulting’ business. Kings should request his services immediately.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    How is Tyreke a head case? He’s their franchise player. Driving dangerously is bad, but that doesn’t impact the court. Okay it’s worse than what he can do on court, but still.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    EtheKnicksfan, that just doesn’t work cause Cousins would make his millions whether he plays or not.

  • majic

    Over the top completely. This happened months ago firstly and lets remember this is coming from the same rookie who happily steped aside for Sammy to take his starting place for the betterment of the team.

    Quit hating

  • Groves

    I thought he had made it his mission to be a professional, prove the doubters wrong and be a beast… he had me fooled big time

  • http://slamonline.com rudy

    Divas? i wouldn’t say all that. they just need a snickers, and maybe a new point guard.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    One Flew Over the Kings Court (2010) – 2 Thumbs up

  • Clay

    Rudy, nice reference. But if snickers really solved the problem, DeMarcus would have Tim Tebow’s attitude.

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