The Sacramento Kings suspended center DeMarcus Cousins one game for “conduct detrimental to the team,” vice president of basketball operations and general manager Vlade Divac announced on Thursday.
The All-Star big man will miss Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic. The Kings gave no additional details about why Cousins was suspended. Yahoo Sports’s Marc Spears reported that the discipline came after an incident during Wednesday’s loss to the Cavaliers, in which Cousins grew visibly and loudly angry with head coach George Karl during a timeout. The Vertical’s Chris Mannix confirmed the report and added that Cousins and Divac also had a dispute on Wednesday, with his anger lasting past the in-game dispute.
Mannix reports Cousins was frustrated because he felt Karl was not defending him enough to the officials during the loss.
Video of the incident is below.
Cousins and Karl have clashed in the past, and the Kings have struggled this season after well-publicized early turmoil. Sacramento is 25–38 entering Thursday. Cousins is leading the team with averages of 27.4 points and 11.5 rebounds.