Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  29 responses

DeMarcus Cousins Fined, Benched for Making Choke Sign

My only question here is, What would Paul Westphal have done if he coached someone like Reggie Miller? Probably nothing. The Sac Bee reports: “Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie regularly views the game near the visiting basket at Arco Arena in the second half of games. So Petrie had a clear view of Cousins making a choking gesture at Warriors guard Reggie Williams after Williams missed the first of three free throws. Petrie was not amused. ‘I was really surprised that he didn’t get a taunting (technical) foul for one thing,’ Petrie said. ‘I just don’t feel that kind of behavior is professional, number one, and it doesn’t reflect well on him.’ Cousins didn’t get a technical foul, but coach Paul Westphal fined him an undisclosed amount and removed him from the starting lineup. Petrie said he agreed with Westphal’s punishment. Westphal said Cousins would not be a starter again until he ‘exemplifies the kind of professionalism that we expect.’ The gesture came with Williams at the free-throw line with 19.3 seconds left in regulation.”

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  • EJ

    That’s ridiculous.

  • http://mgn699@yahoo.com Max

    screw cousins..very overrated if you ask me and clearly too immature for even a team like the kings. Bench his ass for the rest of the year. GO TRAILBLAZERS

  • bails1

    It’s one thing to taunt someone like that if you’re the man, so to speak. You are far from the MAN. You not grabbing those last two rebounds and taking poor shots in the 4th caused that loss. YOU choked! The player you were “taunting” Reggie Williams crawled up from the D league and has worked his ass off to make a name for himself. You should take a page out of his book. At 5 wins so far you should not be “taunting” anybody. I know you’re 20 but damns.

  • Noel

    He just can’t help himself can he

  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank

    @ bails1– very well said. Thanks

  • Bruno

    what bails1 said

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Meh. If the refs didn’t give him a tech then Paul and Geoff should have stayed out of it. D-cuz has issues but he shouldn’t get punished for EVERY LITTLE THING. He’ll end up like Beasley on the Heat…supposedly too immature to reach his potential but really just suffocating under the scrutiny.

  • tRay

    Smh this guy really needs to grow up

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Paul Westphal has singled out Cousins as his whipping boy and has Charles Barkley carrying his water on national television.
    I still believe in Cousins, and when the Kings get a coach who puts in actual sets and commands respect, they’ll stop being the worst team in the league.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    What if Paul Westphal coached Reggie Miller? I dont think that matters because Cousins isnt Reggie Miller. He is a rookie who thinks he is entitled to do all the sh!t in the world when he hasnt proven himself at all.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i agree bro.. i still believe he will turn into a dominant center one day.. he just needs a good coach who demands respect

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    @Allenp: TRUTH. I liked Coach Westphal last season but this year I don’t understand what he is doing. He is just coaching terribly and if the Kings want to get something out of their decent stockpile of talent they need a much better fit on the bench and FAST.

  • http://sjkdflsf.com Jukai

    Allenp: Weren’t you the same dude who was in awe of Westphal after he benched Spencer Hawes and showed him who was boss? changing colors cause you like Cousins?

  • King

    Paul westphal is a good coach. Give demarcus phil jackson or pat riley and he would be in check. Who would listen to an underperforming coach? Not me

  • dako24

    Co-sign Jukai. Bandwagoners today.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    im not at all a big demarcus cousins supporter but this is just petty!! who cares? plenty of players do it! kings are just looking for someone to blame for their fkd up season

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Time to grow-up kid, and co sign bails1..

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    hahhahhahaha, Kings choked a BIG LEAD IN THE FOURTH QUARTER and this fool does choke signs while taking AWFULL SHOTS WITCH KILLED HIS OWN TEAM?! man, I expected the Kings to improve this season but if this headcase doest grow up theyre in trouble.

  • GI

    Ya’ll can’t be serious. He’s a character and he’s entertaining. Probally should have a reality show. Basketball is ok but I’d pay to see some entertainment not just a boring game. They should be allowed to do certain thing within limits. No fun anymore too many rules just like football. I Won’t support it . The icky shuffle made kids wanna score. Mutombo finger wag. reggie miller choke all in fun not like he’s disrecpecting the troops or somethign serious.

  • barnabusb

    Clearly the Kings need to trade DeMarcus to the Pistons for Rip Hamilton and next year’s first round pick. That is the only solution.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Why does everyone think trading for Rip Hamilton will solve all their team’s problems? Am I missing something? Who anointed Rip Hamilton the NBA teams savior?

  • MikeC.

    This is horse-doodoo. At least the kid is showing some passion. Some of the 90′s trash talkers were much worse. Reggie making the choke sign at the entire crowd at MSG, then making the throat-slash gesture at Spike when he ran by him. Oak hitting clutch FTs and flipping the bird at the Pacers bench on live TV. These didn’t even draw techs then. Granted, I haven’t seen the Kings play and don’t know much about Cousins’ rep, but it seems to me that the kid was just way into the game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Clyde

    You sir, are not Reggie Miller. :)

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

    He didnt even get a tech. Westphal is desperate to appear to be in control…… he decided long ago cuz would be the scapegoat.

  • barnabusb

    @Enigmatic: It’s just Pistons fans you hear chirping because we all want Rip gone. He’d be a good fit on a squad competing for a championship, looking for some veteran savvy and all that junk. San Antonio would probably work out well for him. He’d probably fit in Utah, too. But he’d definitely fit in Sacramento, where they could get our first round pick and we’d take that controversial DeMarcus Cousins off their hands.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @barnabusb- gotcha. I’ve seen a lot of cats on here saying the Bulls should try to get him (don’t know how the heck it would work financially) and as a Bulls fan I’m thinking…why?? Dude’s still good but still has a big contract and is obviously declining.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I was in awe of him? Really? Because o thought it made sense yo bench a jump shooing seven footer who doesn’t rebound or defend? Does that describe Cousins? Is Cousins on the same level as Hawed now? Westpgal was right about how Hawed and they were playing decent. He is wrong about cousins and they now suck. Different circumstances different response.

  • KoBynum716

    ^he’s not wrong about cousins. in 2 years, cousins will be the best center in the West.

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