DeMarcus Cousins has earned a reputation for being one of the most volatile players in the NBA. He racked up 17 technical fouls in 2015-16 and 14 the year before that. About a quarter of the way through this 2016-17 season, Cousins already has nine, after picking up another tech on Monday night by jawing with Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw.
Despite the fines (and potential suspensions), Cousins said after the game that he’s not changing the way he plays.
“I don’t understand what he saw,” Cousins said of the referee’s call, according to CSN Bay Area’s James Ham. “B-Shaw and me talk trash since I’ve came into this league. Friendly trash talk, he (McCutchen) didn’t like the curse words me and B-Shaw said so he gave us techs.
“It is what it is. I’ll talk to the league. We’ll see what happens, but I can guarantee this, it won’t be the last.”
The NBA has a maximum limit of 16 technical fouls per player, per season. Once a player reached that number, he will get a one-game suspension, along with additional suspensions for every other tech afterwards. Cousins may want to keep that in mind the next time he goes after an official over a close call. His reputation certainly doesn’t help the situation, something that the Sacramento Kings center acknowledges.
“I’ve gotten a tech for getting fouled and accidentally hitting … I don’t know what to do anymore,” he added. “It’s been awhile since I’ve just went up to a ref and cursed him out. So I really don’t know what to do.
“I see how some guys talk to the refs and it’s okay, and then there’s me. And then there’s me. Like I said, it just depends on their mood.”