Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, is far from the first talented player in the Association, to have emotional issues and chances are that he will also be far from the last. He is however rapidly getting close to being labeled as a “Perennial Problem Child” as the “Sacramento Bee” has reported that the Sacramento Kings have suspended the third-year player indefinitely, after he unleashed a verbal tirade on Kings coach Keith Smart Friday night. The team told Cousins he had earned the suspension, prior to practice on Saturday morning, after he went off on Smart in the locker room as Sacramento fell to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center Friday night.
Kings Team President Geoff Petrie informed the media of the move on Saturday. The man who drafted Cousins with the fifth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft said “We met with DeMarcus (Saturday) morning and talked to him about it some more. And we want to try some path going forward where these type of situations don’t continue to present themselves. The events that unfolded were completely inappropriate. It’s not something that just showed up yesterday, last year or two years ago or five years ago. But he’s our player so we want to work with him to get past this so he can be what everyone sees is possible.”
Although there was no official statement from the club, Cousins allegedly showed a complete rack of respect for his head-coach, going on a torrent that was filled with insults and profanity. Smart told reporters that the big man had strayed too far over the line, for the center to come out of the situation without incurring punishment. The bench boss told reporters “One of the things I’ve tried to do is build a basketball team the right way and everyone has to adhere to what we’re trying to do. It’s unfortunate that we’re in this situation. I hate the fact that we are in this situation. But there’s nothing you can do about it but get yourself prepared and ready to play.”
Cousins is starting to develop the reputation as an angry young man, who has problems dealing with authority. He had a clash with former head coach Paul Westphal, in January which may have led to Westphal being fired by the squad, not long after. His temper or lack of controlling his emotions, have gotten him suspended by the Association, since early in his career. Although Cousins has talent, his volatility decreases his value, as he can become more liability than asset.
Dennis Rodman, Metta World Peace and Stephen Jackson, have managed to have had long NBA careers, despite their emotional issues; however there are far more players whose internal demons have destroyed their career. There are numerous reasons why these young men have these issues, but there is no doubt that they hold the player back from fulfilling their potential at least and could be the cause of their release from the Association.
Successful professional athletes, realize early on that not only is it important to play their sport at an exceptional level; they also have to be adept at playing the game of life. If you can not adhere to the rules, you will soon find yourself back on the playgrounds; thinking about what might have been.