Kings Suspend DeMarcus Cousins Indefinitely for Conduct Detrimental to Team

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIDecember 22, 2012

The Sacramento Kings have suspended DeMarcus Cousins for an indefinite amount of time after a row with head coach Keith Smart. 

Sam Amick of USA Today reported the following on the center’s conduct and suspension.

Sacramento Kings announce they've suspended DeMarcus Cousins "indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team."

— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) December 22, 2012

Cousins got into it with coach Keith Smart in last night's game, then had situation in locker room as well. -

— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) December 22, 2012

Cousins has averaged 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Kings this season. He has a history of character issues, and this latest incident will add to that reputation.  

The former Kentucky standout immediately showed upon arriving in the NBA in the 2010-11 season that he is an immensely talented low-post player, but also has a volatile personality. 

He had problems getting along with head coach Paul Westphal at the start of his career in Sacramento, and the constant feuding eventually led to Westphal’s dismissal.

Keith Smart was then hired to lead the team, and Cousins has been largely cooperative during the new coach’s tenure. But this latest incident marks the end of his string of good behavior. 

As James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom notes, Cousins had an argument on the sidelines with Smart at the end of the first quarter of the Kings game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Smart then benched his starting center for the entire second half, and after the team’s announcement, he clearly had further punishment in mind after Cousins acted out.

Sacramento lost the game 97-85 and is now 8-18 this year. The team has not reached the playoffs since the 2005-06 season and looks to be on track for another disappointing campaign.

Trade rumors will be buzzing around Cousins now, as any team with a coach who can keep him under control will be adding a player with exciting potential.