And then one did.
UPDATE: Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. ET
Turns out that Boogie has indeed played his last game of the season, as Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears confirms:
Best of luck to Cousins in 2014-15.
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In a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday night, Cousins picked up his 16th technical of the season, which, as The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones explains, means he's played his last game this year.
"Per NBA rules, a 16th technical foul results in an automatic one-game suspension," he writes. "Unless the league rescinds the technical, Cousins will miss the season finale against Phoenix on Wednesday."
When asked about the technical, a frustrated Cousins refused to elaborate.
"I ain’t talking about that."
Chatty, isn't he?
Asked about the prospect of missing the Kings' regular-season finale against the Phoenix Suns, Cousins was equally voluble.
"I’m not talking about it."
Sensing a pattern here? Me too. But I'm not expanding upon it.
I ain't talking about that.
Let's talk about Cousins' continued struggles to stay out of trouble instead.
This is the second time Cousins will miss a game for disciplinary reasons this season. He was suspended for one contest and fined $20,000 in February for what ESPN.com cites as "verbally abusing" an official and doing what so many other players have undoubtedly thought about doing: slugging Houston Rockets point guard and resident defensive pest Patrick Beverley.
Because this is Cousins we're talking about, people are going to overreact, speak in hyperbole and lampoon the fourth-year big man from here to kingdom come, not to be confused with Jay Z's ninth studio album "Kingdom Come" or the not-so-hit, Whoopi Goldberg- and LL Cool J-headlined 2001 film Kingdom Come.
What kind of leader gets suspended for the last game of the season? Boogie is the consummate bust. Why did the Kings ever sign him to an extension? This latest brush with the NBA's rulebook clearly proves that he is neither a superstar nor capable of succeeding John Calipari as head coach of Kentucky in 2028.
In lieu of conventional hot takes, let's be reasonable.
Cousins went 22 games without a technical. That's progress. His response to the foul was also epic. He scored four of the Kings' final six points and blocked one shot in the final minute. And if that was indeed his last game of the season, he posted one heck of a way to go out, notching 35 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
No other player in the NBA has gone for at least 35 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in the same game this season. Boogie is the only one. He joins Amar'e Stoudemire, Vince Carter, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Webber as the only players to reach said benchmarks in the same game since 2000. Carter was the most recent one to do it (April 2007).
So if you're the Kings, you live with this technical and suspension and move forward, attempts to have it rescinded notwithstanding. Cousins has played incredible basketball this season while, for the most, evolving as both a player and person. His future is bright and wherever he goes, he's taking the Kings with him. For the first time ever, that's a good thing.
As for his still-suspect self-control, well, that's something he and Carmelo Anthony can work on this summer.
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