Officiating Rumors

“I’ve accepted it, [explicit], they’re after me,” Cousins said. “Just play. Whatever happens, happens.” The All-Star big left the court and headed to the Kings locker room to take a deep breath. “I just tried to gather my thoughts, get myself together,” Cousins said following the game. “The last couple of days have been very frustrating for me. I’m looking for it to ease up at some point and it just doesn’t seem like it wants to or is going to happen.”
Cousins, who also has had three technicals rescinded by the league, already has matched his total of 17 from last season, when he led the NBA. His next technical would bring another one-game suspension. “It’s obvious I can’t be myself,” Cousins said. “Me playing how I play is what makes me the player that I am. Obviously it’s not acceptable, so I’m trying to find a way to, you know, do what these guys are asking me to do. It’s not easy, but I’m trying to find a way.”
Storyline: Officiating Complaints
Kings coach Dave Joerger was asked about Cousins’ technicals before the game Sunday and said the often demonstrative All-Star must find a balance on the court. “It’ll be interesting to see his approach,” Joerger said. “We want him to be competitive, but how you have to work through that mentally, it’s just a work in progress. It’s tough on him, and I think it was tough for him to handle the other night, because he’s an emotional guy, and he plays passionate, emotional basketball. So there’s some things that we can improve, and it does take time.”
But, the more he spoke, the more responsibility he put on himself and his teammates to better their relationships with the league’s officials, a long-standing problem the Clippers, Rivers said, created. “We made that happen. We dug our own grave with them. We started it. We complained and did a lot,” he said. “At the end of the day, they’re human. If someone is (expletive) at you all the time, eventually, you’re going to be like, ‘What the hell?’ It’s not that they’re doing illegal stuff like making the wrong calls on purpose, but if it’s a 50-50 call, we’re not helping ourselves. We’ve got to be better. “… They’ve got to know we’re trying to be better.”