Wow. Four games into the season, and there is a new big man for other teams to drool over aside from Dwight Howard.
This guy, however, has a reputation as a head case.
DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly requested a trade from the Sacramento Kings, and coach Paul Westphal told him not to attend tonight’s game against the New Orleans Hornets.
More from Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee: “We’re not quite sure what happened after The Bee’s Jason Jones, Ailene Voisin and Matthew Kawahara left Power Balance Pavilion on Saturday night, but The Kings issued this interesting statement from Westphal at 3:21 p.m. today:
STATEMENT FROM KINGS HEAD COACH PAUL WESTPHAL
“Whenever a new season begins, in any sport, there is great hope that everything will progress in only a steady, upward direction. As we all know, it seldom happens like that in this life!
“As coaches, we can only ask that our players do everything they can to improve themselves as individuals and teammates. If they do this with all their hearts, we live with the results.
“Everything that happens on a team does not become known to the public. This is how it should be. However, when a player continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team, it cannot be ignored indefinitely.
“DeMarcus Cousins has demanded to be traded. In the best interest of our team as we go forward, he has been directed by me, with the support of management, to stay home from the New Orleans game tonight.”
According to Cousins’ agent, John Greig, Cousins never asked to be traded.