DeMarcus Cousins Remains His Own Worst Enemy

By John Raffel
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins has to keep his cool, if that’s possible, especially when the Sacramento Kings are on the road.

The Kings fell to 17-33 and remain one of the NBA‘s worst road teams after Monday’s 98-91 overtime loss on the road to the Utah Jazz, who nearly sustained an embarrassing home upset.

Cousins picked up his second technical foul at halftime and was ejected. He’s not going to help the Kings, obviously, on the bench.

He leads the league in technical fouls with 12. That’s ridiculous but not surprising since

Cousins can be his own worst enemy.

He admits he was warned by referees to not talk to them and then he said something he should not have.

Well, at least Cousins is honest.

But controlling his temper remains his No. 1 challenge. He obviously remains so very talented with 17.2 points and 10 rebounds a game. It took him only a short time to establish himself as an NBA star. Last year he was at 18.1 points and 11.0 boards a game.

Cousins is fun to watch. But he’s more fun to watch on the court with a ball in his hands rather than with his voice near the referee’s ear. The Kings continue to build toward respectability as their rumored move to Seattle continues to dominate the headlines. They need Cousins  to keep his mouth shut and play the game of basketball that he plays so very well. If he does that, the Kings will be exciting for anybody to watch.

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