HoopsHype DeMarcus Cousins rumors

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“He lost his composure, that’s all I saw, and then he got thrown out of the game. It’s disappointing. But to be honest, I’m more disappointed about how we played,” Kings coach Michael Malone said. “Do I condone his actions? No, not at all. Does he have to handle himself better? Sure he does. We just need to get him to understand that we don’t need him to get kicked out of the ball game.” Cousins will be suspended for one game if when) he picks up his next technical foul, whioch would be his 16th. He then would be subject to a suspension for his 18th, 20th, 22nd, etc. SheridanHoops

Cousins picked up his fourth personal foul in questionable circumstances. The 23-year-old center was called for a shooting foul on Dwight Howard, who flew through the air to catch a lob from teammate James Harden. Cousins wasn’t so much upset about the call as he was about the technical that followed: “On the incident, I thought it was a bad call. Wasn’t really frustrated about the call. It was a bad call; we knew that. I was more frustrated about the technical I received because I really don’t know what I did to receive it. Just that on top of the bad foul, lost my cool, resulted in the second technical.” Cowbell Kingdom

February 26, 2014 Updates

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had to be restrained as he screamed at an official following his ejection from Sacramento’s 129-103 home loss to Houston on Tuesday. This was a one-sided affair from very early on, as the Rockets led 50-19 in the second quarter, and Cousins didn’t stick around to see the end of it. With a little over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter and Houston leading 73-54, Rockets center Dwight Howard stretched to finish an alley-oop dunk with Cousins underneath him. After the slam attempt missed, Cousins was called for a foul for leaning in Howard’s direction, although there didn’t appear to be much contact between the players. SI.com

After the game, Cousins issued an apology on Twitter. “Disappointed with the way I acted out on the court tonight,” he wrote. “I want to apologize and say sorry to my team and the fans for letting them down.” Cousins now has a league-high 15 technical fouls on the season and will face a one-game suspension following his next technical foul. This was his first ejection of the season. Last year, Cousins racked up a league-high 17 technical fouls and four ejections. SI.com

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What about your personnel moves? Greivis Vasquez didn’t work out, but you were able to shed several contracts in the trade for Rudy Gay. And re-signing DeMarcus Cousins to an extension was another major commitment. Those are two major talents. Are you getting a return on the investment? Vivek Ranadive: I’m very pleased with those decisions. When I bought the team, everybody told me the first thing you should do is get rid of DeMarcus, including the previous management. But I just kept an open mind, and I interacted with the young man. And what I saw was a young man who wanted to win and had experienced nothing but chaos during his time with the Kings. Throughout the season he has proven that he wants to win, and he is maturing. I can’t fault him because he wants to win so much. Sacramento Bee

What about your personnel moves? Greivis Vasquez didn’t work out, but you were able to shed several contracts in the trade for Rudy Gay. And re-signing DeMarcus Cousins to an extension was another major commitment. Those are two major talents. Are you getting a return on the investment? I’m very pleased with those decisions. When I bought the team, everybody told me the first thing you should do is get rid of DeMarcus, including the previous management. But I just kept an open mind, and I interacted with the young man. And what I saw was a young man who wanted to win and had experienced nothing but chaos during his time with the Kings. Throughout the season he has proven that he wants to win, and he is maturing. I can’t fault him because he wants to win so much. Sacramento Bee

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All in all, Jefferson – All-Star snub be darned – is quieting the many critics who questioned the Bobcats' decision to bring him aboard last summer. He remains a rare breed of offensive player, a dominant post presence whose scoring production (20 points per game) and rebounding (10.6) are at their highest since his 2008-09 campaign with the T-Wolves. In this day and age when centers have been stricken from the All-Star ballot and the Miami Heat have won back-to-back titles with a perimeter-oriented attack, Jefferson relishes his role as a relic. "The league has changed so much," he said. "It's more of run and gun, big men shooting jumpers and threes, so for me to still have that – guys like me, (the Sacramento Kings') DeMarcus Cousins, (the San Antonio Spurs') Tim Duncan – to still have that low-post presence game, where you demand a double-team and are a mismatch, I just think that's something that a lot of people don't have. It makes you very unique. I'm very proud of that." USA Today Sports

February 8, 2014 Updates

As for eventually making the All-Star team, the 23-year-old realizes he has to add to his resume in other ways than the scoreboard. There is more to the selection than simply posting noteworthy individual numbers. “Just continue to grow as a teammate, as a player, as a leader,” Cousins said. “I’ve got to take it to another level. I’ve got to help this team win games. Until then, it’s going to be the same story.” Basketball Insiders

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The DeMarcus Cousins/Mike Dunleavy lovefest continued tonight in Sacramento. Last season, the duo almost went to blows when Dunleavy went low on Cousins and the Kings big man retaliated moments later with an elbow to the head. Dunleavy was up to the same tricks tonight, pushing Cousins in the back on a fast break attempt and generally getting chippy with Sacramento’s $62-million man. “I would say yes,” Cousins responded when asked if it was tough to keep his cool in Monday’s chippy game. ”Like you said, it was a chippy game. It was a physical game. But we did a great job of keeping our composure in those moments and we came out with a big win.” Cowbell Kingdom

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