Rookie NBA point guard Dennis Schroder has already shown some flashes of brilliance for the Atlanta Hawks this season, but he has already been faced with his first hurdle. Schroder has been suspended for one game due to an incident involving DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, according to Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling.
The incident in question occurred during the fourth quarter of Atlanta's 105-100 win over Sacramento. Cousins attempted to set a screen for guard Isaiah Thomas, and while Schroder was fighting through it, he appeared to hit or grab Cousins' groin area, as seen in this video courtesy of Kings minority owner Shaquille O'Neal.
Cousins was understandably upset that no call was made against Schroder, and he made sure his voice was heard after the game, according to James Ham of CowbellKingdom.com.
“I took a cheap shot to my lower area,” Cousins told reporters from his locker after the game. “They (the refs) just blew it off. I guess because it was me. But as soon as something happens on the other end, because it’s me, they run to the camera.”
While Cousins has certainly been a controversial figure known for on-court outbursts since coming into the league a couple years ago, his conspiracy theory may be a bit presumptuous.
The camera certainly captured Schroder in the act, but it may not have been as easy for the referees to interpret as it happened.
Justice will ultimately be done, though, as Schroder will have to sit one game for his actions. The No. 17 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft out of Germany is still learning the ropes in the NBA, but he needs to learn that such behavior isn't acceptable regardless of whether or not it was done on purpose.
The fact that Schroder is averaging six points, four rebounds and two assists per game thus far in limited action is incredibly promising from the perspective of Hawks fans, but he'll never reach his true potential unless he plays a cleaner game.
Hopefully this was simply an isolated incident that won't happen again now that Schroder is being forced to accept responsibility for his actions.
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