After starting off the season 1-3 and getting blown out at home by the New York Knicks yesterday Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has formally requested a trade. Now many times a players trade demands can be seen coming from a mile away but this one is totally unexpected. Sacramento Kings head coach Paul Westphal said Sunday that Cousins approached him to demand a trade and that Kings management has told him to stay home and that he will not be allowed to be at the stadium for tonight’s game against the New Orleans Hornets.
Westphal’s statement is as follows,“Whenever a new season begins, in any sport, there is great hope that everything will progress in only a steady, upward direction. As we all know, it seldom happens like that in this life!As coaches, we can only ask that our players do everything they can to improve themselves as individuals and teammates. If they do this with all their hearts, we live with the results.
Everything that happens on a team does not become known to the public. This is how it should be. However, when a player continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team, it cannot be ignored indefinitely.DeMarcus Cousins has demanded to be traded. In the best interest of our team as we go forward, he has been directed by me, with the support of management, to stay home from the New Orleans game tonight.”
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