The Sacramento Kings are justifiably concerned that their star center, DeMarcus Cousins, will soon be suspended again, though General Manager Vlade Divac said if the league doesn’t punish the volatile big man further, then neither will the team. Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports:
Cousins’ frustration began when he picked up three fouls in the first quarter. That kept him out the entire second quarter before he was called for two more fouls, the fifth being when he fouled Golden State guard Stephen Curry with the Kings up 66-64 with 8:57 left in the third quarter.
That foul sent Cousins into a tirade that led to two technical fouls and an ejection. Teammates and assistant coach Corliss Williamson had to keep Cousins away from referee Mitchell Ervin, who called Cousins’ fifth foul and first technical foul.
That Cousins tried to confront Ervin rather than leave the court could lead to a suspension for failing to leave the court in a timely manner by the NBA for Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia.
Per Jones, Divac defended his star center, saying, “He said he understands what he did, but he didn’t do anything wrong in my opinion,” Divac said. And coach George Karl suggested the calls were unwarranted, “It just seemed to me there were cute, soft fouls called on DeMarcus and he got his fifth and he lost his cool.”
According to Stats & Information, Cousins has been ejected 10 times, assessed 77 technical fouls and issued six suspensions (five by league/one by team). The 10 ejections and 77 techs are most in the league since Cousins’ rookie season in 2010. The only other player to be suspended at least six times in that span is current Kings teammate Rajon Rondo (five league/one team).