I feel bad for anyone who missed the Boogie Cousins show last night in Sacramento.
Why? Well, it wasn’t just because of his 55 points and 14 rebounds in the Kings 126-121 victory over Portland. Cousins, who has been known to pick up a technical or two in his day, was ejected for receiving his second T late in Tuesday’s game after spitting his mouthpiece at the Blazers bench.
And then he was… un-ejected?
It’s confusing, I know. Thank God for YouTube.
So Cousins, who purposely spits his mouth piece at the Blazers bench, runs off the court after being ‘ejected’ like a kid who got his crayons taken away, and then was generously brought back into the game.
You would think Boogie would be grateful for the technical getting reversed. In fact, he was so ‘grateful’ that when he had a microphone shoved in his face after the game he had this to say:
TEASER: The interview was so savage that he had to be muted.
The only thing I found ‘ridiculous’ was that Boogie was ejected and then brought back onto the floor for the closing minutes of the game.
Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand the emotional part of sports. Emotion is what drives athletes and what gives them the drive to accomplish things like 55 point games, and Cousins is an emotional player. But, at some stage you have to keep your emotions in check. The way Cousins handled himself during the final stages and the post-game interview was comically entertaining.
This is not a 19 year old rookie we are talking about here. Cousins is 26 years old and has been in the league six years. In fact, in those six years, Cousins has racked up a league-high 103 technical fouls. That’s more T’s than the 76ers (96) and Spurs (63).
DeMarcus Cousins is a tremendous talent and from a performance standpoint a pleasure to watch but his immaturity is hysterical. In his post-game speech, Cousins makes it clear that he feels the way he is treated by officials is “ridiculous” and he “hopes everyone can now see what is going on.”
We can all see what is going on DeMarcus. An immature 26 year old, who is expected to act like a grown man, is the acting like a boy.
I don’t think that Boogie should completely get rid of the emotional part of his game, because that is what makes him great. But, if he maybe actually wants to win in Sacramento his should tone it down a little bit.
The best part is, this isn’t even Boogie’s first spell THIS WEEK. Earlier he physically intimidated a member of the media after controversially mentioning DeMarcus’ brother in a column. SEE LINK:
There is one thing that is for sure. Cousins’ meltdowns on and off the court mixed with his rare basketball ability make him a must see every night. As long as Boogie keeps giving interviews so honest he has to be muted and spitting his mouthpiece at opponents benches, I will be watching.