Kings reinstate DeMarcus Cousins

kings small logoApparently, “indefinitely” is a euphemism for “one game.”

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who was suspended indefinitely by the team Saturday, was reinstated Monday after missing one game.

The Kings announced the reinstatement. Cousins practiced with the team Monday.

Cousins was suspended Saturday, one day after he had a profanity-laced argument with coach Keith Smart during  a loss to the Clippers and was ordered to remain in the locker room for the second half.

It was the third suspension of the season for Cousins and triggered plenty of speculation about the future of Sacramento’s leading scorer and rebounder.

In today’s Sacramento Bee, Ailene Voisin wrote that while the team suspension of Cousins was entirely warranted, the Kings also need to support Cousins.

And what to do about Cousins, who didn’t react well when informed of this most recent punishment? The Kings should consider anything and everything: rehiring his former high school coach, Otis Hughley, who was added to the coaching staff as a baby sitter/personal handler during Cousins’ rookie season; taking a tip from Phil Jackson and having one of their mental health consultants maintain a more consistent and high-profile presence. And while neither teams nor the league can compel players to undergo counseling, the Kings successfully pressured Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) into anger management therapy during his days in Sacramento.

The Kings don’t play again until Wednesday at Portland.
Cousins will be eligible for a contract extension following this season.

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