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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?
What should the Kings do?
DeMarcus Cousins (13 ppg. 11.3 rpg) doesn't want to play for the Kings, and the Kings don't want him playing for them -- at least for now. Should the Kings act on his trade request or wait him out?
Was he the pick they had to make?
John Wall, Evan Turner, Wesley Johnson and Derrick Favors were off the board when the Kings took Cousins in 2010. Was his talent too much to pass up that low?