Whenever you think DeMarcus Cousins is ready to take the next step in his NBA career, he manages to disappoint you. The numbers notwithstanding, Cousins seems to be reluctant to grow up, and that's no way to lead the Sacramento Kings out of the lottery.
Apparently wounded that San Antonio Spurs announcer Sean Elliott said less-than-flattering things about him, he confronted Elliott after the game and had a verbal altercation.
The initial incident came when Cousins was talking trash during the game to Tim Duncan, declaring he was going to "bust his (expletive)," per this SpursNation report by Dan McCarney.
Shortly thereafter Duncan made Cousins eat his words, and apparently part of the ball when he blocked one of Cousins shot and dunked on Cousins. After the dunk, Elliot said, in the broadcast:
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.
Cousins, hearing of this, confronted Elliott after the game and was suspended for it, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins suspended 2 games without pay for confronting Spurs announcer Sean Elliot in a hostile manner after game Friday.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 11, 2012
There are, shockingly, some who are acting as though somehow Elliott is partly at fault here. Was he being a bit of a homer? Sure he was, but let's bear in mind, he's paid to be a homer.
Want to see a homer announcer? Watch League Pass. Every announcer in the NBA is a homer. Some are annoying (for me it's Tony Fiorentino, who is the biggest homer in the league) while others (like Stacey King) are funny but fair.
Yes, there is a pattern there, and probably to most fans it would be the same. Your broadcast team is like your congressman. It's the rest of them that are ruining things.
How fair was the NBA in handing down Cousins' two-game suspension?
But homer or not, Elliott's comments are dead on. When you smack-talk one of the greatest of all time, you're going to get your comeuppance, so humility is a good idea. If you make a play on Duncan and even have a good game, just thank your lucky stars and go on. the last thing you want to do is get him going.
And if you smack-talk, then you certainly better expect to be criticized for it. It's stupid to smack-talk a Hall of Famer. It's hypocritically stupid to get sensitive about being criticized for people talking about your talking about future Hall of Famers.
It's beyond hypocritically stupid to accost them for it afterwards. This isn't the playground. This isn't you needing to worry about your "rep" or something childish like that. In grownup life we don't handle things that way.
While Elliot isn't revealing what was said, it was described as animated by Bill Schoening, who does the play-by-play on the Spurs radio broadcasts.
Some are shocked that Cousins got such a severe suspension, but applying some common sense, the severity of it must have something to do with what was said and not just how it was said. Regardless of what was said, the very act merits a suspension. The last thing this league needs is players to police what opposing broadcasters are saying after the game.