DeMarcus Cousins’s unhappy relationship with Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl shows no signs of improving. In his first game back from a one-game suspension, a punishment that had been announced by general manager Vlade Divac, the all-star center claimed that Karl was behind the benching.
The suspension forced Cousins to sit out Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic after he screamed at Karl during a fourth-quarter timeout in the King’s previous contest, a 120-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reports indicated that Cousins, who picked up his NBA-leading 15th technical earlier in the game, was angry at Karl for not lobbying officials hard enough on the center’s behalf.
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That was just the latest incident of bad feelings between the coach, who was hired in February 2015, and the Kings’ best player. In November, Cousins loudly expressed anger at Karl in Sacramento’s locker room after a loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
“I know for a fact there’s a lot of frustration in this locker room,” Cousins said Sunday, following his team’s fifth straight loss and one that dropped its record to 25-40. “I believe, everyone believes, that we should be a lot better than we are, and we’re just frustrated that we’re not.”
“A lot of chaos, a lot of chaos,” Cousins added. “Usually, there’s just frustration with coming out and not winning a lot of games, but so much extra, extra stuff this season.
“Extra, unnecessary stuff. … A lot of battles between guys that should be on your side, you know?”
In February, the Kings reportedly came close to firing Karl, but Divac changed his mind after a “lengthy meeting” with the coach. On Sunday, after being informed of Cousins’s post-game comments, Divac told Yahoo Sports, “I love DeMarcus Cousins. That is my only comment.”