Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was mad last night. Like really mad. And he made sure that everyone knew it. Following a close 102-99 road loss to the Chicago Bulls, Cousins made a mess of the hall in the Bulls’ United Center on the way back to the visitors’ locker room. And he was right to be angry after what transpired late in the game to allow the Bulls to win.

The play in question that got Cousins so heated? Cousins being called for a seemingly phantom foul on Bulls guard Dwyane Wade with seconds left on the game clock and the score tied at 99.

Wade came up with a steal on a late Kings possession. He then broke out on a fastbreak opportunity. Wade went up for the dunk, and it clanged off the back of the rim. Cousins was trailing Wade on the fastbreak, but was whistled for a touch foul after Wade went up for the missed for dunk. Looking at the video, there barely seemed to be any contact, if any at all. Boogie was noticeably (and understandably) upset following the call:

Wade would go to the free throw line and make one of his two free throws, which ended up putting the Bulls ahead for good. Afterwards, Cousins was pissed for the rest of evening. The victims of his frustration following that call? Some poor trash cans in the hallway that got tossed to the floor.

Hey DeMarcus, we know you’re a famous basketball player and such, but some poor janitor is going to have to clean that up. Cousins also had some comments on the officiating in the locker room following the game.

For those who may not be as well-versed in the subtleties of language, that was clearly sarcasm. The NBA released its official Last Two-Minute Report today, which confirmed that a foul should not have been called on that play. Cousins had his hand on Wade’s back, but he did not extend his arm and push Wade, and the contact does not alter the shot attempt. Lovely. Once again, the L2M report, while great to know, is essentially useless.

DeMarcus Cousins has a history of getting pretty heated following bad calls, whether they legitimate calls, or simply calls that he thinks are terrible.  Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls with 13. This also isn’t the first time he has taken out his anger on inanimate objects. Flashback to a January 18th loss to the Golden State Warriors:

These temper tantrums are pretty common. However, given that rumor/news that the Kings have already expressed their desire to offer Cousins a $200 million extension, is the organization just willing to put up with the antics as long as he keeps producing? That’s good for them, but just a quick reminder: once a player receives 16 technical fouls on the season, they are automatically suspended for a single game. Something to keep in mind when deciding whether to trade Boogie or keep him around. Given the Kings’ perennial struggles, as well as their current injury situation with Rudy Gay being out indefinitely, the Kings may just have to continue to put up with Cousins’ temper tantrums and technical fouls.

At this point, Sacramento should probably just be more worried about DeMarcus Cousins picking up an injury from hitting an inanimate object before, during, or after a game rather than any injuries he could possible sustain on the court. Perhaps instead of offering him a huge extension, they should pay for yoga classes. Or at least a few stress relief balls.

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Darrin Burrell is a life-long fan of the NBA. He has a been a fan of the Washington Bullets/Wizards his whole life, he grew up playing basketball, and considers himself a true student of all aspects of the game. Darrin currently resides in the Washington, DC area.

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