What do you think of DeMarcus Cousins' one-and-done indefinite suspension?

Leading Off: Smart can still show Cousins who is boss

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 - 8:43 am

This, that and the other thing:

• If you believe Kings coach Keith Smart wanted DeMarcus Cousins reinstated after sitting for just one game of an indefinite suspension, you probably also believe a fat man with a white beard squeezed down your chimney early this morning.

What's more disrespectful for a professional coach? Having a player verbally backhand you in front of your team or management not thinking enough of you to punish the player more severely?

But just because management reinstated Cousins doesn't mean Smart has to play him.

Starting Wednesday night in Portland, Smart has an opportunity to show Cousins – and the rest of the team – who is boss while the Kings are on the court.

Sit, watch and be quiet, DeMarcus.

• Having been a brooding, miserable old scrooge for most of his three NBA seasons, maybe Cousins could turn his career around with a visit from the Coaches of Christmas Past (Paul Westphal), Present (Smart) and Future (Stan Van Gundy).

God bless us, everyone.

• If the 49ers continue their win-loss pattern this season, San Francisco should win a playoff game before being eliminated in the postseason.

The pattern this season: Win, win, loss; win, win, loss; win, win, tie; win, win loss; win, win, loss.

That would mean a victory over Arizona in the season finale to win the NFC West title, one playoff victory and then elimination.

What to watch

NBA marathon: Starting at 9 a.m., five games featuring elite teams on ESPN and Ch. 10.

Today's poll

What do you think of DeMarcus Cousins' one-and-done indefinite suspension?

• Not harsh enough

• Just right

• Should not have been suspended

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field, or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Monday's poll results

What was the biggest sports story in 2012?

• Arena deal collapsing: 28%

• Giants winning Series: 50%

• 49ers' QB controversy: 2%

• A's remarkable run: 12%

• Granite Bay title: 6%

• Other: 2%

Total votes: 263

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