Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts after he was knocked to the floor by the Milwaukee Bucks in a game at Sleep Train Arena on March 10, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.

Poll

Should the Kings bench DeMarcus Cousins for the rest of the season?

Leading Off: Should Kings bench Cousins for season?

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - 11:15 am

If DeMarcus Cousins was limping up and down the court for the Kings but refused to tell team doctors where he was hurting and refused treatment, do you think management would continue to allow him to play?

No way.

Would the Kings allow Cousins to play with flu-like symptoms and a 102-degree temperature?

Of course not.

So why do the Kings allow Cousins to continue playing when he has such a difficult time controlling his emotions?

The Kings repeatedly have reached out to Cousins – much as Tom Cruise reached out to Cuba Gooding Jr. in an Arizona Cardinals locker room bathroom in the movie "Jerry Maguire."

"Help us, help you. Help US … help YOU!"

But Cousins, it seems, refuses help. Apparently, he doesn't have the problem; it's everybody else – teammates and his coaches included – who has the problem.

Cousins is expected to be suspended by the league today for the fourth time this season after his league-leading fourth ejection Sunday night. He was slapped with his 12th technical foul after elbowing Milwaukee's Mike Dunleavy in the back of the head – a flagrant foul 2.

When he is eligible to return, the Kings should keep Cousins on the bench until he convinces management he can keep his emotions in check.

Until such time, maybe his coaches, teammates and fans are better off without him.

What to watch

WBC, United States vs Puerto Rico, 5 p.m., MLB: Former A's and River Cats pitcher Gio Gonzalez starts against Puerto Rico.

Today's poll

Should the Kings bench DeMarcus Cousins for the rest of the season?

• Yes

• No

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

Monday's results

Which would you like to see built first at Sacramento State?

• New basketball arena: 60%

• New football stadium: 40%

Total votes: 264

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

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