It's tired and annoyingly self-righteous to pile on DeMarcus Cousins whenever he snaps into one of the explosive episodes that result, inevitably, in an ejection.
With that disclaimer out of the way, what follows is a tired and annoyingly self-righteous criticism of Cousins' behavior (and ejection) against the Houston Rockets.
Cousins got his league-leading 15th technical foul and an early shower in a 129-103 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. Upset with a few early calls, Cousins started to spiral out of control in a hurry. He had to be restrained by teammates on more than one occasion as he howled at officials. He was out of control.
Sadly, that's nothing new.
Pointing out Cousins' immaturity and volatile temper is pointless. We all know he's got a short fuse.
The problem, though, is that Cousins has always played the victim. And that stance doesn't inspire confidence in any future personal growth.
Whenever he's asked about the way referees and opponents treat him, the supremely talented big man passes the buck. He claims his poor reputation leads to unfair treatment without ever acknowledging that he's the one responsible for creating that reputation in the first place.
It's a remarkable feat of denial and self-delusion if you really think about it.
Reputations don't appear out of thin air. They're earned through actions.
Cousins has a long history of losing his cool, showing up officials and displaying a generally childish demeanor. Whatever referees and players on opposing teams think about him, he's the guy whose actions have created those perceptions.
In other words, he's doing this to himself.
Whenever Cousins acts up, we remind ourselves that he's just 23 years old. We agree he's probably not a bad person. Those are both valid points.
But the Sacramento Kings probably shouldn't take comfort in those platitudes. In Cousins, they have a franchise cornerstone with immense talent. They also have a guy whose victim's mentality could prevent him from ever growing out of his current behavior pattern.
After all, if it's always somebody else's fault, why would Cousins ever conclude that he's the one who has to change?
Have fun, Kings!