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Problems for DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento

Kentucky
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(Sacramento Bee photo)

(Sacramento Bee photo)

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports that DeMarcus Cousins is running into some, shall we say, adjustment problems in his first year in the NBA.

Cousins was asked to leave practice early on Monday.

An excerpt:

Kings rookie center DeMarcus Cousins was kicked out of Monday’s practice.

Cousins slipped to fifth in June’s NBA draft because of questions about his maturity and attitude. He was fined earlier this season after a verbal dispute with the Kings’ strength and conditioning coach.

“It was a necessary move in our continued attempt to help him develop,” said Kings coach Paul Westphal of removing Cousins from practice.

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DeMarcus Cousins denies he was fined $5,000 by Kings

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Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports that the Kings are playing the silent game, but DeMarcus Cousins says he was not fined for clashing with coaches and staff.

An excerpt:

Cousins has never denied being an emotional player. He didn’t deny being fined either, but disputed it was a $5,000 fine for a run-in with training staff, as reported by AOL.

“We get fines in practice if we get a technical in practice,” Cousins said. “We get emotional when we scrimmage, which is a good thing. We’re into the game and going at it. Coach is just preparing us for the game, so he fines us $100, something light.”

Meanwhile, Ailene Voison of the Bee writes that Cousins isn’t the Kings problem.

Excerpt:

DeMarcus Cousins got whacked on his derriere. On his back pocket. The young center recently donated $5,000 to charity because he barked at an assistant coach and a Kings trainer and, you know, for offering his rookie rendition of boys behaving badly.

The good news is that he was fined.

The better news is that this is old news, that it occurred well after the Kings sleepwalked into their current four-game slide, and that the crime and punishment are unrelated to the team’s struggles and perplexing personnel matters.

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BBL: Cal and Buffet; Kernel editor; DeMarcus demoted

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