Sacramento Kings suspend Cousins

THE Sacramento Kings suspended indefinitely their leading scorer and rebounder DeMarcus Cousins for ”unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.”

Cousins and Kings coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime of Sacramento’s 97-85 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night (Saturday morning in Manila).

Smart benched Cousins for the entire second half and ordered him to remain in the locker room.

”We’re trying to set a standard here, and when guys move below that standard, things are going to take place,” Smart said after the game in Los Angeles. ”We’ll just move on to the next game and I’ll make some decisions from there.”

Cousins, drafted fifth overall in 2010, took responsibility for the incident after the game. The 22-year-old center is averaging 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds to go with 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game this season.

Cousins also was suspended one game without pay by the NBA for striking O.J. Mayo in the groin during a loss at Dallas on Dec. 10. Following a loss at San Antonio on Nov. 9, the league suspended Cousins two games without pay for confronting Spurs announcer Sean Elliott in a ”hostile manner.” Noli Cruz

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