Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins isn’t always the most stable person on the floor. He is prone to outbursts and was a huge reason why Paul Westphal was canned last season, after the Kings sputtered to a 2-5 start.
Being calm isn’t one of his salient qualities.
This came back to bite him after he apparently fired an expletive directed to 13 time All-Star and future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan with around 5:01 remaining in the fourth quarter. He drew a shooting foul on Duncan prior to the mini tirade.
Spurs color commentator Sean Elliott overheard Cousins and didn’t take too fondly of his comment.
“That’s why some humility is in order. You think you’re dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn’t like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he’s going to respond. All that trash talking was premature. I’m not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclubs…should learn from this. Don’t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He’s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.”
And neither did Duncan, who promptly scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in the final five minutes. As Elliott astutely predicted, it wasn’t Cousins who won the final exchange.