Shaq on Cousins' technicals: 'That's called passion'

Shaq on Cousins' technicals: 'That's called passion'
August 14, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Cousins will get technicals, he’s going to argue with the referees. That’s called passion and you never want to take a guy’s passion away.
Shaquille O'Neal
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DeMarcus Cousins plays physical and he plays hard. That’s going to earn him some technicals.

The problem is when Cousins thinks the calls against him are unfair (and that happens a lot) he can’t just let it go. Either he keeps going harder and retaliates against a player or he chirps at the official (if not outright gets in their face).

His reputation means he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt often, but he brings that on himself. Last season all that earned him a league-leading 16 technicals, a suspension for having more than 15, and $70,000 in fines.

[RELATED: Gay on Cousins: 'I hope he's just being a drama queen']

Kings minority owner Shaquille O’Neal stuck up for Cousins and used another word for what is going on — passion.

He likes the Cousins mean streak. That’s what he told Dime Magazine in a Q&A at Rucker Park in New York.

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