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Keith Smart benches DeMarcus Cousins after verbal altercation

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10:50 AM ET 12.22 | The DeMarcus Cousins drama continues. Kings coach Keith Smart decided to leave Cousins in the locker room after halftime of Sacramento's 97-85 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center. Cousins and Smart had a verbal altercation in the locker room, and it was serious enough for Smart to leave his leading scorer and rebounder there in a game the Kings trailed by 14. "It was conduct detrimental to the team and we left it at that," Smart said without elaborating. Smart did not say if Cousins would play Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins, Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins, Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images
December 22, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Grow Up, Bro.

December 22, 2012  11:04 AM ET

There will be 30 on 30 special about him in 10 years...broke and lonely working in some lumber yard.

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December 22, 2012  11:16 AM ET

Always a shame to see such a talented young athlete behave like Cousins does. Teams & fans are cheated of what they pay for. I know my team has ego and other problems, but I'm glad they don't disrupt like this guy does.

December 22, 2012  11:52 AM ET

Too Much Too Soon!!!

December 22, 2012  11:59 AM ET

He wasn't this way at Kentucky.. guess he needed Calipari to help him get to the NBA so he kept his temper and mouth in check.. now that he's in the NBA.. thats all out the window.. all that money these guys make.. does make you stupid sometimes

December 22, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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Good for the coach.This team needs to be gutted.....againCousins could be a real good player if he had some veterans around him

Yup.

Was the SMART thing to do.

...terrible.

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December 22, 2012  02:33 PM ET

At least he didn't choke the coach!

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December 22, 2012  05:18 PM ET

A future bus driver in the making.....

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December 23, 2012  07:51 AM ET
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That's reaching to high... Bouncer at a night club.

Casino greeter... in Reno, Nevada.

 
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