Cousins pulled off the plane, suspended by Kings.

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According to Fanhouse’s Sam Amick, the Sacramento Kings have suspended DeMarcus Cousins for an altercation with teammate Donté Greene, in which punches were allegedly thrown in the locker room following last night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The news has come fast and furious from the one time Sacramento Kings beat writer, first via twitter and then in this post on Fanhouse.  According to Amick, the call to remove Cousins from the team plane was made by Kings’ President of Basketball Operations, Geoff Petrie, who is away from the team scouting college players.  According to the Bee’s Jason Jones via twitter:

@mr_jasonjones Jason Jones
Petrie not expected back till around 2pm. Until the DeMarcus Cousins will wait in Sac for decision. Looking like he’ll miss tonight’s game.
Obviously this isn’t the first run-in with trouble that DeMarcus Cousins has had so far this season, but a fight with a teammate might be the most substantial.  In Amick’s post, he states that team leader Francisco Garcia fought hard for Cousins to remain with the team and make the trip to Phoenix.  This might be the first step this team is taking in showing some ownership of their budding young star center.

Photo by Steven Chea

Coach Westphal has stated many times how this team is a good group of players who really get along well. Maybe getting along really well isn’t the key to success.  Over the last three games, the Kings have lost heart breakers to very high quality teams, with Tyreke Evans doing much of the ball handling down the stretch.  Evans has the heart of a lion and may one day develop into the game finisher that the Kings so desperately need, but he is not there yet.

As the information rolls in I will update accordingly, but as for right now, DeMarcus Cousins’ chances of playing tonight in Phoenix are very slim.

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About: James Ham

James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".