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DeMarcus Cousins Unwittingly Angers The Champs

On June 24, the Sacramento Kings drafted DeMarcus Cousins with the fifth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.  The 6-10, 290 pound forward/center averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks during his lone season at the University of Kentucky.  In the days since, it has come to light that Cousins preemptively and unknowingly may have created a potential grudge between his Kings and the two-time defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Sports by Brooks has posted a Twitter message, written by Cousins the night of the Lakers NBA Finals clinching victory vs. the Boston Celtics. The missive was directed at Lakers starting center Andrew Bynum.

“Bynum doesn’t deserve to touch the trophy,” wrote Cousins the night of June 17.

At the time of the posting, Cousins could have relocated to Sacramento, Minneapolis, Newark or any number of NBA destinations.  One week later, he became an arch rival and potential target of the 16-time World Champion Lakers.

Cousins’ shot at Bynum was both highly aggressive and not entirely accurate.  In the 2010 Finals, Bynum averaged 7.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Dating back to the first round vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder, Bynum posted an impressive 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks, in LA’s 4-2 series victory.

These postseason performances occurred on the heels of a regular season where Bynum averaged 15 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

Cousins has all the ability and size in the world.  His most glaring negatives have always involved behavioral questions.  Comments like this will not work to improve the psychological opinion of Cousins anytime soon.  

Photograph Source: Bleacher Report 

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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of Examiner.com.

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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