The NBA reportedly won't fine or suspend DeMarcus Cousins after his ejection in the third quarter of the Sacramento Kings' 122-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, per Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears.
Cousins exploded after picking up his fifth foul of the game. Teammate Rudy Gay and Kings assistant Corliss Williamson were among those who had to restrain the All-Star big man as he argued with referee Mitchell Ervin:
Kings general manager Vlade Divac defended Cousins' actions.
"He said he understands what he did but he didn't do anything wrong in my opinion," said Divac, per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
"It just seemed to me there were cute, soft fouls called on DeMarcus and he got his fifth and he lost his cool," added head coach George Karl.
The Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin argued Cousins deserved to be punished in one form or another for the outburst:
The Kings can't continue treating a 25-year-old man with kid gloves. The All-Star center should have been suspended instead of merely fined for his profane locker room eruption following the Nov. 9 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He absolutely should be suspended for his latest actions, either by the league or, preferably, by the organization.
Principal owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Vlade Divac and coach George Karl have to stop enabling and take a firmer stand. Discipline is not a four-letter word. Punch back, for heaven's sake. Cousins' persistent bullying reflects horribly on the franchise, strips his teammates and coaches of their emotional equilibrium and contributes mightily to a losing culture.
Instead, Cousins will be available to the Kings when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
There's no question as to his value to the team. He leads Sacramento in points (24.3 PPG), rebounds (10.3 RPG) and blocks (1.4 BPG). He's also averaging 2.7 assists a night, which is third on the team.
The Kings are only two games out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference. While a one- or two-game suspension at this point of the year wouldn't seemingly harm Sacramento's playoff push, the Oklahoma City Thunder lost out on the playoffs on a tiebreaker last year. One game also separated the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks and ninth-seeded Phoenix Suns in 2013-14.
The Kings can ill afford to lose Cousins even for a short stretch of time, so they look to have dodged a bullet if he avoids any retrospective punishment for his ejection.