Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
SACRAMENTO, CA - The strange circumstance of a two-game suspension to Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for a confrontation with San Antonio Spurs analyst Sean Elliot on Friday reached another level of bizarreness following Monday's practice.
There was the deafening sound of silence from the 22-year-old Cousins, who declined to speak to the media about the incident which was described as "hostile" by the NBA.
Cousins served the first game of his suspension during Sunday's 103-90 loss in Los Angeles to the Lakers, and will serve the second game Tuesday night, when the Kings host the Portland Trail Blazers at Sleep Train Arena.
During the league-imposed suspension, Cousins is allowed to participate in team practices, as he did on Monday.
Cousins' decision to not address his situation looked even more odd, considering rookie forward Thomas Robinson, who was issued a league suspension for his elbow to Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko last Wednesday, owned up to his actions and apologized the next day at practice.
Instead, teammates and head coach Keith Smart were left to deal with questions about Friday night's confrontation.
"That's between my center and the head coach of the Sacramento Kings," said Kings head coach Keith Smart.
Smart said Cousins wasn't going to talk about the incident because it was too soon and he felt in time, Cousins would address the situation.
"Sometimes things are a little too raw at the moment," Smart continued. "Let the young man this thing out."
During Friday's broadcast, Elliot said "some humility is in order" after Cousins was seen talking trash to Spurs center Tim Duncan.
"Don't start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever," Elliot continued. "He's going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange."
Cousins exited the locker room following the game to confront Elliot, who is a former Spurs player and teammate of Duncan.
In his postgame interview session in the locker room, Cousins voiced his displeasure for Elliot's comments and called the broadcaster "immature."
Robinson, who is eligible to return from his two-game ban on Tuesday against Portland, was put in the position again on Monday to talk about his time away from the team and address his situation for a second time.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net