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DeMarcus Cousins Kicked Out Of Practice

November 30, 2010

And as DeMarcus Cousins was suppose to prove them wrong. Yea right! I’m really trying to root for him, but the 19 year old rookie is making it tough. I really wanted him to prove analysts and scouts wrong about the “character issues” but I guess that’s why they are the scouts. Focus on the game Boogie!

From Sacramento Bee:

Kings rookie center DeMarcus Cousins was kicked out of Monday’s practice.

Cousins slipped to fifth in June’s NBA draft because of questions about his maturity and attitude. He was fined earlier this season after a verbal dispute with the Kings’ strength and conditioning coach.

“It was a necessary move in our continued attempt to help him develop,” said Kings coach Paul Westphal of removing Cousins from practice.

Westphal declined to explain why Cousins made it through only two-thirds of practice.

“I’m not going to get into details,” Westphal said. “He was asked to leave early.”

Cousins is struggling to find his place in the offense and to stay out of foul trouble.

He is one of four rookies averaging double figures in scoring (10.3) and is third among rookies in rebounds (6.7). But Cousins is shooting a team-worst 38.4 percent from the field.

Cousins is averaging 4.2 fouls, most in the NBA. He has fouled out three times this season.

Whiteside on assignment – Rookie center Hassan Whiteside has been assigned to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. Whiteside, a second-round draft pick (33rd overall), played two minutes in the season opener and hasn’t played since.

Westphal said the Kings like Whiteside’s potential, but he needs playing time to continue to improve. Whiteside is behind Samuel Dalembert and Cousins at center.

“I think he’s disappointed, but we explained to him it’s not a demotion,” Westphal said. “(It’s) because we think so highly of him that we want him to have a chance to play.”

Barring injury, Whiteside was going to be inactive every game with the Kings.

“I think it’s a real good opportunity for him,” Westphal said. “That’s what the D-League’s for. … He needs experience. That’s what we said when we drafted him, that’s where he is right now.”

The last player the Kings sent to Reno was Donté Greene last season.

Wright waived – The Kings waived forward Antoine Wright. Wright signed a one-year deal worth $992,680 this summer. He played in seven games, totaling two points and three rebounds.

Wright wasn’t happy with his role behind Greene, Francisco Gárcia and Omri Casspi at small forward.

Sick Kings – Guard Tyreke Evans missed practice because he was sick. Gárcia (illness) practiced but is “far from 100 percent,” according to Westphal. García has missed the past two games.

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