DeMarcus Cousins “needs to be helped”

(Sacramento Bee photo/Hector Amezcua)

After DeMarcus Cousins’ latest suspension, Aileen Voisin of the Sacramento Bee writes that the former Kentucky center got what he deserved, but also needs help.

The third-year Sacramento Kings star has been suspended for the third time in two months. He confronted San Antonio Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliott and punched Dallas’ O. J. Mayo in the groin. Now comes his run-in with Kings’ head coach Keith Smart.

Voisin says Cousins is in strong need of counseling.

The Kings should consider anything and everything: rehiring his former high school coach, Otis Hughley, who was added to the coaching staff as a baby sitter/personal handler during Cousins’ rookie season; taking a tip from Phil Jackson and having one of their mental health consultants maintain a more consistent and high-profile presence. And while neither teams nor the league can compel players to undergo counseling, the Kings successfully pressured Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) into anger management therapy during his days in Sacramento.

A side note: Remember that back in the old days, DeMarcus Cousins would be a senior in college this year. From an economic standpoint, he had to go pro. From an emotional standpoint, it is clear he was not ready to go pro.

Related: Cousins switches to John Wall’s agent

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