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Cousins had a bit of a checkered year discipline-wise.
Oh, DeMarcus Cousins. What are we going to do with you?
Cousins did more than a few things during the 2012-13 season that could have landed him on this list, so let's just go with a brief rundown.
Cousins kicked off the party in November when he angrily confronted San Antonio Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott after Elliott criticized Cousins on the air for talking trash to Tim Duncan. Elliott later paraphrased Cousins as saying (via Spurs Nation), "I’m going to bust his (expletive)."
Cousins faced a one-game suspension in December for striking O.J. Mayo in the groin, and then kept the train rolling when he was suspended by the Sacramento Kings organization for “unprofessional behavior” after he had a verbal argument with former Kings coach Keith Smart.
Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY reported:
The third-year big man had a verbal altercation with coach Keith Smart during halftime of the Kings' loss at the Clippers on Friday and was left in the locker room for the entire second half as a result. Two people with knowledge of the incident told USA TODAY Sports that nothing of a physical nature occurred between Cousins and his coach and that the yelling went back and forth between both men.
Cousins, according to one of the people, used extensive profanity while sharing his latest frustrations.
That all led up to this moment in February, when Cousins was ejected after arguing with referee Tre Maddox at halftime of a game against the Utah Jazz. Smart came over to help, but Cousins was thrown out of the game regardless (just check out the look on Smart's face when that was happening).
That's not particularly surprising, not only because of Cousins' reputation, but because according to The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones, "Cousins said he told the ref not to act like a "bleeping female" to get his second tech."
Hard to imagine anyone taking too kindly to that. Throw in a confrontation with Kings play-by-play guy Grant Napear (via ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin), and that's a pretty busy season.
Cousins is one of the most skilled bigs in the league, but as has been said ad nauseum, he needs to control that temper. Or at the very least just save it for the court maybe.