Stephen Jackson and DeMarcus Cousins have been making headlines lately, but neither for their play. Cousins has been in the news for butting heads with coach Paul Westphal and was kicked out of practice Monday.
When the Sacramento Kings drafted Cousins they knew what they were getting themselves into, but like most teams they feel like they can "fix the problem."
Cousins can't be "fixed" now because he needs to mature, something that won't come for years.
Until then, he is going to be an enigmatic power forward with flashes of basketball brilliance on the court, just enough to warrant putting up with his poor attitude and work ethic.
In Jackson's case, he isn't a 20-year-old kid anymore, but you couldn't tell just by seeing his on-court composure.
He has seven technical fouls on the year—second behind Dwight Howard—and has received a $50,000 fine for verbally abusing officials.
Not to mention, he was suspended for one game Tuesday, also for verbally abusing officials. To continue piling on bad news, Jackson was ejected from the Charlotte Bobcats' last game, after receiving two technical fouls.
A 10-year veteran, who is coached by a Hall of Famer, should know how to compose himself by now. Jackson isn't doing Larry Brown any favors with his antics this season, and things are going to have to change or he's going to be traded again.
Cousins and Jackson can find solace in knowing that they aren't the only un-coachable players in the NBA. Without further ado, let's get started.