If there is one thing we know about Demarcus Cousins, it is that there is never a dull moment. The latest story involves a confrontation with San Antonio Spurs announcer Sean Elliott. According to a San Antonio newspaper blog, Cousins scored twice on Tim Duncan and then drew a foul, proceeding to talk a bit of trash. Duncan then did what many great players do and responded by going down the court and scoring on three straight possessions. Spurs’ announcer Sean Elliott then said this:
“That’s why some humility is in order,” Elliott said on the air. “You think you’re dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn’t like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he’s going to respond. All that trash talking was premature. I’m not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclub should learn from this. Don’t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He’s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.”
After the game, Cousins confronted Elliott on the court, while still dressed in his uniform. The conversation was described as “animated” but nothing physical occurred. Elliott ended up walking away from Cousins and a Spurs source said that he could not hear what was being said. This is of course making national NBA news (likely because it is a slow NBA Sunday), and because it involves Demarcus. Having not been there, and only reading the Spurs side of the story, it is hard to comment on what really happened. I do think that Demarcus, who plays with passion unlike almost anyone else I have seen, is the kind of person that due to his reputation, has stories about nothing turn into something when they involve him. Reputations follow you, both deserved and undeserved, and as I have learned, once attached they are hard to ever shake.
I love Demarcus and when given the choice, I always choose Team Boogie. His heart is good and I genuinely think he means well, even when his actions could improve. If nothing else, he will always keep it interesting.