DeMarcus Cousins has made his fair share of waves with the Sacramento Kings.
Now he's apparently making them at Team USA basketball camp as well.
Cousins is a part of the "USA Select" team, essentially a practice squad for the London-bound Olympic team that includes the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. It appears that several players on the Olympic team, as well as USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo, did not take kindly to Cousins' physical play.
According to Sacramento Kings reporter Sean Cunningham, Paul said following practice that "Luckily in the NBA you get 6 fouls, cuz out here (Cousins) woulda' fouled out a long time ago."
Anthony said that Cousins "fould the s--- outta everyone."
But it was Colangelo who had the harshest words.
"Show respect to players, and you get respect back," Colangelo said. He needs to mature as a person, as a player if hes going to have an outstanding NBA career. So before theres discussion about him being part of our program, he has a lot of building to do.
"He has a lot of growing up to do."
Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk points out that while Cousins appears to have a good relationship with Kings coach Keith Smart, this is USA Basketball -- "The big boys," where Cousins could be in for some "tough love."
Cousins had said during the season he thought he would make the London team, and he still has a chance. But USA coach Mike Krzyzewski is a team chemistry kind of guy, and if Cousins is disrupting that...
Editor's Note: The above video is from April 11, 2017.
With the Sacramento Kings drafting point guards De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III and then inking George Hill, the door closed for a return of veteran Ty Lawson. On Tuesday afternoon, the 29-year-old announced via social that he is heading overseas to play in China for the Shanxi Dragons.
Lawson played well in his lone season in Sacramento, averaging 9.9 points and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per contest. He shot 45.4 percent from the field over 69 games, including 24 starts for the Kings.
Lawson almost made the leap to China last summer before landing in Sacramento on August 31. He joins free agent departures Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Tolliver, Langston Galloway and Rudy Gay, all who have signed elsewhere this summer as the Kings revamp their roster.
It was the matchup most basketball fans had been waiting for.
The first professional meeting between Top 5 draft picks Lonzo Ball and De'Aaron Fox.
It was supposed to happen on Monday, July 10 during the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League.
Except Ball never suited up, citing a groin injury as reason for not playing in the game between the Lakers and Kings.
Speculation began that Ball was trying to avoid playing Fox, who scored 39 points on the UCLA star during their one meeting in college.
Nearly a week later, Lonzo's controversial father LaVar was asked if Lonzo was ducking Fox while appearing on Fox Sports Radio and he didn't hold back.
"Duck De'Aaron Fox? Have you heard about De'Aaron Fox? Hell nah. You can't hear about him unless he puts my boy's name in his mouth. He been doing all this stuff and ain't nobody been talking about him. So he and his dad gotta link themselves to us to be relevant. De'Aaron Fox had a whole season and the only thing they talk about is 39 points against Zo. You don't put Zo in a sentence, nobody cares about him," LaVar said on Sunday.
After a brief pause, the elder Ball took another shot at Fox.
"And the little white guy, what's his name, [Lakers guard Alex] Caruso, gave him a tailwhipping. Let's put that one out there. That boy outplayed him all day. All day," LaVar said.
While Ball sat out, Caruso scored 18 points in 30 minutes. Fox played 20 minutes and finished with 12 points, one assist and one rebound.