On the lowdown, DeMarcus Cousins has been having a productive and hilarious season. Probably because he plays on a bad team on the West Coast, no one really realizes he leads the NBA in total offensive rebounds, that he’s averaging 20 points and 13 rebounds per 36 minutes or that he’s consistently doing funny things like wearing his coach’s jacket or signalling first downs when guys miss free throws. It’s been a fun run for Kings fans, I’m sure.
But maybe this quote will get DeMarcus a little more play across the league. I mean, when you offer to beat up another player, that’s pretty notable. From SLC Dunk:
Honestly, I’m tired of the kid. I don’t know what his issue is. I’m tired of the kid. Honestly. I’m tired of him. I don’t know what his issue is, but I can definitely solve them.
Why did this happen? Because they had a staring contest earlier, of course. From the Salt Lake Tribune:
Cousins attempted to save a loose ball and felt that Harris blocked his path. Cousins immediately got in Harris’ face, who stood his ground and coldly stared at the Kings forward. Cousins quickly became heated while Harris kept staring — never backing down and barely moving. The two were soon separated.
And while you might think a small fellow like Devin Harris would be scared to fight a giant like DeMarcus Cousins, you need to think again.
Harris on Cousins: It goes back to the last game. … He’s trying to get in my head and I’m trying to get in his. I can’t let anybody push me around.
So yeah, it looks like we’ve got a hilarious, totally unnecessary feud brewing, along the lines of Quentin Richardson’s and Paul Pierce’s weird rivalry. It’s so mismatched — a gigantic, surly center versus a slight, quiet point guard — and it’s so inconsequential that I can’t help but root for this to bloom in to a full-fledged blood feud.
There’s almost no reason for these two guys from these two teams to be fighting, so let’s hope it happens. Between Cousins’ quotability and Harris’ stubbornness, this could produce some excellent content. A little beef between two less notable teams wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. The Kings and Jazz play again next Friday, so let’s hope for some juicy back-and-forth in the next week, then a little posturing in the game, then more hilarious quotes afterwards.
As long as DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t actually “solve” Devin Harris’ “issues,” this is good, clean fun. If Devin Harris gets his head knocked off, however, then I completely disavow this post.