DeMarcus Cousins got suspended by the NBA for two games for confronting Sean Elliott after the Kings' Friday loss to the Spurs. All the NBA said was that Cousins approached Elliott in a hostile manner. The only eyewitness reports that have come out said Cousins came out of the locker room in full uniform, waited for Elliott to finish the Spurs' post-game show, and spoke in an animated fashion with Elliott on the court, yelling at the former Spur as he walked away. No one has reported that Cousins threatened or touched Elliott, though again, there have been few eyewitness reports. These are the two things we know right now. 1. DeMarcus Cousins needs to stop this stuff. Clearly, he's never ever ever ever ever going to get the benefit of the doubt. Ever. Not from his coach, not from his front office, not from the league office, not from the officials, not from the general public, not from USA Basketball, not from opponents, not from most of the media, not from anyone. Apparently, he cannot give anyone a reason to think the worst of him, because they will absolutely think the worst. If he talks back to refs, that's a tech. If he complains about something to a coach, that's a trade demand. If he takes exception to commentator criticism, that's (apparently) a suspension. Again, we don't know what Cousins said to Elliott. But we do know about those past incidents. We know the Colangelo thing was Cousins' passion being misunderstood, Colangelo basically admitted as much with the food poisoning excuse. We know the Westphal thing was ridiculous. But the results of those issues still bode poorly for Cousins, because he is not getting the benefit of the doubt.
Two things we know about the DeMarcus Cousins suspension
Sactown Royalty | Nov 12