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December 11, 2012
The Morning After: DeMarcus Cousins draws attention for the wrong reasons again

DALLAS - DeMarcus Cousins isn't making many new friends in Texas.

First he got on the league's bad side for angrily confronting San Antonio Spurs television analyst Sean Elliott after a game.

Cousins was given a two-game suspension by the NBA for leaving the locker room to deal with Elliott for comments he was told about during the game.

Now Cousins is being described as someone with "mental issues" by Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo for what happened in the second quarter of Monday's loss to the Mavericks the video below.

You will see Cousins strike Mayo below the belt after shoving him away moments earlier while fighting for position in the second quarter..

For the record, Cousins said that was unintentional.

(At this rate I'm leery of what might occur when the Kings play the Houston Rockets).

Cousins has the talent to be an All-Star but he's becoming more known for shenanigans than basketball.

Anger with Cousins isn't limited to the players.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle with a profanity-filled message for Cousins after he clapped heading toward the Kings' bench in the third quarter of Sacramento cut the Mavericks' lead to 11.

Players around the league love Cousins' talent. They don't like that he seems to always find himself involved in something that is unnecessary.

In one of the more famous groin incidents, Reggie Evans was fined $10,000 and assessed a flagrant foul two for violating one of the most sacred of man laws during the 2006 NBA Playoffs (see below).

So I assume Cousins, at the very least, will be fined by the league for this if it agrees with Mayo and the Mavs that there was nothing accidental about Cousins shot to Mayo's groin.

If that happens, Cousins will join Evans in infamy. Then again, it might be too late for that.

*The Kings will practice this afternoon when they arrive in Milwaukee. Tyreke Evans (sore left knee) is scheduled to practice with the hope he'll be ready for Wednesday's game against the Bucks. Evans has missed the last three games and five of the last six.

*Have to assume Francisco Garcia has done enough to stay in the rotation when Evans does return. The odd man out could be James Johnson, who was behind Travis Outlaw Monday against the Mavs.

Garica is shooting 47 percent (16 of 34) in three starts for Evans. That includes making 50 percent of his threes (10 of 20).

*Smart plans to tinker with the second unit by keeping a player that commands attention (Evans or Cousins) in with the backups.

When Smart went to Jimmer Fredette, Marcus Thornton, Thomas Robinson, Chuck Hayes and Outlaw in the second quarter on Monday, the offense couldn't overcome the Mavs who were able to focus on Thornton without fear any of the other players could hurt them.




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