NBA News: Disgruntled DeMarcus Cousins Slams George Karl For Suspension
The acrimonious battle continues. DeMarcus Cousins blamed Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl for his suspension.Advertisement
Vlade Divac, the Kings’ General Manager on Thursday, issued a statement announcing Cousin’s one-game suspension for conduct, which would hurt the team-spirit. But the disgruntled center on Sunday said that it was George Karl, not Divac who made the call.
“That wasn’t a suspension from the organization,”Cousins pointed out after Kings’ 108-99 loss to Utah Jazz on Sunday, according to Yahoo Sports. “that was one from the head coach,” Cousins said. “There’s a difference.”
Cousins was suspended for yelling at the head coach during a time-out when the Kings’ loss 120-111 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I love DeMarcus Cousins. That is my only comment.” Divac said with a big smile when told about what Cousins remarked.
Cousins returned from the suspension with a bang notching up 31 points, 10 rebounds and five assists versus Utah. Karl earlier angered Cousins by saying he could be traded in the offseason. Karl revealed that he exchanged pleasantries with the two-time All-star before the Jazz game.
“Nothing in-depth,” said Karl, who has a 36-59 overall record with the Kings. “I’m not going to communicate how we evolve in this. The big thing is to win tonight. The best for ‘Cuz,’ for me, for everybody, for the team, is to get a win.”
Cousins though denied his coach’s claim after their loss at the Sleep Train Area. This is tenth time in the season that Cousins has notched up 30-plus points with a double-double in a Kings’ loss, the highest in the NBA, according to the Sacramento Bee. “He hasn’t said a word to me,” Cousins said.