Some food for thought. Particularly interesting when he says the other players are sick of it too. Has some pretty good points. We are truly rolling the dice thinking about bringing this guy into the locker room after all these years of building us up to this point.
Kings play by play announcer Grant Napear on Radio yesterday. March 14, 2016
"As I was driving into the studio today, I was wondering how many times in the last six years have I had to do what Iím going to do right now, and thatís talking about DeMarcus Cousins, again stepping out of bounds, getting in trouble, getting suspended, and at what point is enough enough? I said two years ago that enough was enough, I said it last year that enough was enough, and Iím gonna say it again, alright? Itís just absolutely disgraceful that a 25 year old professional athlete has no respect for authority at all. He has ZERO respect for authority.
"You know, this isnít an isolated incident. This has happened the very first day that he walked into Arco Arena. It started with Paul Westphal, and here we are, six years later, and itís still going on with another coach, this guy by the name of George Karl. Itís wrong, itís disgraceful, itís embarrassing for the organization, and he sucks the air right out of the team. Thatís not my opinion, Iíve talked to a lot of guys on the team. He sucks the air out of the locker room. Okay?
"The Kings are gonna have another bad season this year, and in my opinion, heís largely responsible for it. Heís largely responsible for it because his teammates just flatout get sick of it. They donít want to deal with it. He sucks the air out of the locker room. Disrespectful to your superiors, disrespectful to authoritative figures, itís flat-out wrong. Now, I donít know about you, okay Ė Iíve seen six years of it, and Iíve seen enough, okay? But Iím not Ė I donít make the decisions about this organization. I have a talk show, and I announce the games. Alright? These decisions are way above my head. Thatís not what I do.
"What I am saying, though, is Ė does this community want to move into a brand new, iconic, phenomenal building with a clean slate, or do they want the slate muddied before they even walk into the door? Does anyone think that DMC is not going to be doing the same stuff next year? Why would we think that after six years of immature, disgraceful, embarrassing behavior, that just because weíre moving into a new building, that everythingís gonna be fine and dandy?
"At some point Ė and this is the conclusion that Iíve come to, and again, this is my opinion Ė you are who you are. And thatís who DMC is. Alright? And for those of you that may call and want to talk to me about ĎWell, they havenít put any good talent around himí, and blah blah blah, I disagree with that notion. I think the talent on this team was upgraded considerably from last year.
"But letís just say that youíre right and Iím wrong. Letís just say that Iíve got the wrong opinion of the talent on this team. Do you see Rudy Gay acting like this? Do you see Darren Collison acting like this? Do you see Omri Casspi acting like this? Have you seen Rajon Rondo be anything other than a consummate professional this year? Do you see Quincy Acy act like this? I mean, I can go right down the line. Alright, what about players that were here before? Did you ever see Tyreke Evans act like this? You ever see Isaiah Thomas act like this? You ever see Patrick Patterson act like this? You ever see Marcus Thornton act like this? You ever see Jimmer Fredette act like this? I mean, I can go right on down the list. The reality is that this guy has got an issue that I dontí think is fixable. Thatís my opinion. Now, I could be wrong. Iím just one guy speaking on the radio here. Thatís my opinion.
"He has been nothing but a headache for this franchise, in my opinion. Itís been a headache from the day he walked into the building, and here are six years later, and itís still a headache. And you know, it would be one thing if the Sacramento Kings were winning a lot of games with DMC on the roster. but the reality is they havenít even come close to winning a lot of game,s and thereís a good chance theyíre not going to win 30 games for the sixth year in a row this season.
"Itís one thing if you have a player on your team whoís a major pain in the you-know-what, and yet youíre winning 50 to 60 games every year and you tolerate it and you put up with it, and you turn your head the other way. But thatís not the situation here. Weíre not turning our head the other way because the teamís losing every year. Every single year that DMC has been here, the team has underachieved. And theyíre underachieving greatly this year.
"Now, would it be fair to put 100% of the blame on him? No, it wouldnít. But Iím putting a lot of the blame on him. Because if your teammates donít want to be on the court with you, then thatís your problem, thatís nobody elseís problem. And if you suck the air out of the entire organization, thatís on you. Itís not on the coach, and itís not the general manager, and itís not on your teammates. That is on you.
"DMC will not play [on Friday] because of conduct detrimental to the team. How many times has that happened in six years? How many times has there been conduct detrimental to the team over the last six years where he wasnít punished for it, or you didnít know about it, or that it went on and nobody knew about it? I can tell you that the number of times is numerous. Thatís what I can tell you. Itís not just once in a while, itís all the freaking time. The guy does not respect authority.
"And I donít want to hear about how he hates to lose, alright? I know a lot of the guys on the team, both past and present, they hate to lose also. they hate to lose also. They donít act like this. People say heís frustrated. You donít think Rudy Gayís frustrated? You donít think Darren Collisonís frustrated? You donít think Omri Casspiís frustrated? Do you see them act like this?
"Why does DMC feel that heís entitled to act like this? What has he ever accomplished in his career? Seriously, whatís he ever accomplished? What gives him the right to act like this when the rest of the teammates over the last six years have acted like professionals? Whatís he so different? Why is he so different than the other players heís played with over the six years? What gives him the ability to think that he can act however he wants and that itís okay? What gives him the notion to think that he can act the way he acted last night and on numerous, numerous, numerous occasions over six years, and that that is conducive to winning?
"I keep on hearing how DeMarcus Cousins, all he wants to do is win. Heís not capable of winning! Heís not capable of winning because he doesnít allow the team to win, because he sucks the air out of the team all the time! You canít win when youíre the reason why youíre holding back your team with your actions! Six years weíve been dealing with this! Six years! Itís not getting any better! Six years! I hear ĎWell, heís very talented.í Yeah, he is very talented. íHeís an All-Star.í Yes, he is an All-Star, okay. Do you care about how talented a guy is, or do you care about whether the team wins or not?
"He wants to win, but he doesnít realize heís his own worst enemy. He keeps on saying how much he wants to win, but he doesnít realize that by his actions, heís preventing his team from winning! He keeps on talking about how important it is to win, and he hates losing, but he doesnít understand that the reason why the team loses so much is because his actions kill the team! Pretty easy to understand, pretty easy to see, isnít it? How many more Ė are we going to have to deal with this next year, and then the year after that? How many times does a guy have to cross the line before you realize that itís not working, period?
"I donít know about you, Iíve always been about the name on the front of the jersey here, ever since I walked into town in 1987. Iím all about the Sacramento Kings, alright? The jersey does not say Sacramento Cousins, it says Sacramento Kings. Thatís what I care about. Do you think I like sitting here watching the team lose every night? No. Do you think I think you like watching the team lose every night? No. Do I want to go into this brand new, amazing, Golden 1 Center with this type of cloud hanging over the organization? No, I donít. What about you? Do you want to? Think about it. Think about everything that weíve worked for in this community, which we are going to see come to fruition a couple months from now. Think about it.
"I want you to think about, during this commercial break, everything that weíve dealt with in this community for the last five years. I want you to think about all the dark days that we had trying to save this team. I want you to think about all those city council meetings where we were on pins and needles. I want you to think about all the meetings that happened in New York with the NBA Board of Governors where we were on pins and needles. I want you to think about those dark days. And I I want you to think about what is ahead in October.
"We have a chance to have bright blue skies and starry nights. Itís right there in front of us. is that possible with #15 on your team? Thatís for the Sacramento Kings to decide, not me. But I know this; after six years of repetitive behavior and disrespect of authority, that;s very disconcerting."