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Posted by Betonline team on 4/13/2016 7:45:48 AM

It is easy to side with the Sacramento Kings after they suspended star center DeMarcus Cousins for one game for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

He’s a bad egg with a bad attitude and has been disciplined by several coaches. The question is why did the Kings believe that Cousins and head coach George Karl could coexist? This is more than oil and vinegar. This is fire and brimstone. Karl is an old-school headstrong coach who is set in his ways. And Cousins is self-centered and set in his ways.

But he can play. That is why the organization puts up with him.

After returning from a one-game suspension, Cousins finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals during a home loss to the Utah Jazz. Then he blitzed Karl, which is not an uncommon occurrence. He said it was Karl who was responsible for his suspension after Cousins yelled at his coach during a heated sideline exchange during a game.

“That wasn’t a suspension from the organization. That one was from the coach,” Cousins told The Sacramento Bee. “There’s a difference.”

This bad relationship cannot continue. The Kings must make a decision on Karl or Cousins. The guess here is Karl, 64, will be the one to go. He has battled throat and prostate cancer since 2005 and had a minor procedure last week which caused him to miss a practice.

Cousins is a very talented 6-foot-11 center who can handle like a guard and has an array of mostly inside moves, although he can create his shot from the free throw line better than most centers. There are rumors he could end up in Boston with the Celtics which would remove him from far away Sacramento. It is a fine city but is tucked out of the way from where most NBA players want to play. It is often referred to as the forgotten team.

It is also a team with problems. Players are not happy with losing and it often spills onto the court with long faces and bad play.

“I know for a fact there’s a lot of frustration in this locker room,” Cousins said. “I believe everyone believes we should be a lot better than we are and we’re just frustrated that we’re not. We haven’t performed to the level of expectations so there’s a lot of frustration within that.”

The Kings (25-40) probably won’t make the playoffs again and there are rumors that the team could move to Las Vegas in the near future. Sacramento is hardly a basketball hotbed and this might be the best move for the NBA.

To his credit, Cousins has never openly demanded a trade to a contender, although there are rumors he did through back channels a few years ago.

“I love Sacramento. I think it is one of the best cities in the NBA,” he told reporters in Toronto during the NBA All-Star game in February. “We’re in a rough patch right now but everything will be fine.”

Cousins has gone through several rough patches, beginning in the 2010-2011 season when coach Paul Westphal said Cousins was unable to follow the path of the team and suspended him. Westphal was fired later that season.

The next season Cousins was suspended for two games for confronting San Antonio Spurs commentator Sean Elliott after a game and was suspended again the following season for punching an opponent.

Cousins is very talented, but in five seasons in Sacramento, the Kings have never made the playoffs. So is he worth the headaches?


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