It all started on Monday night when Cousins repeatedly got tangled up with Dunleavy. After the game, Cousins continued the trash-talking:
"He's a Clown and he's scared."- DeMarcus Cousins on Mike Dunleavy Jr.— warriorsworld (@warriorsworld) February 4, 2014
As Dan Favale for Bleacher Report writes, there's some history between these two, going back to last season.
According to Sam Aggrey for CSN Chicago, Dunleavy first called into question the idea of circus greasepaint...
Dunleavy on Cousins: "He called me a clown? I’d like to respond, but clowns can’t talk. So I [can] mime or make him some animal balloons...— Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) February 5, 2014
Then referenced overly quick tempers...
"...That’s the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black...Yeah, I think his reputation speaks for itself. He’s got a short fuse..."— Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) February 5, 2014
And finished with the question of susceptibility.
"...and easily irritated, so you can’t really breathe on the guy without him flipping out...He’s susceptible to that"— Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) February 5, 2014
ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell offered some final words from the irate Bulls guard:
"But honestly I've never been called that before. I guess there's a first time for everything. I don't have much to say about him or that. That kind of stuff happens."
Unlike Cousins, Dunleavy doesn't make a habit of causing issues around the league. Now in his 12th year in the league, the veteran guard will continue doing what he's always done—playing basketball and moving on.
As for the eternally volatile big man from Sacramento, stay tuned for As Boogie's World Turns—coming soon to an NBA arena near you.