After not speaking with the media Tuesday night, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins discussed his first ejection of the season during the Kings’ 129-103 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Cousins was called for two technical fouls in the third quarter and ejected by official Courtney Kirkland.
Cousins had just picked up his fifth personal foul.
“I thought it was a bad call,” Cousins said. “I wasn’t really frustrated about the call. It was a bad call and we all knew that. I was more frustrated about the technical I received because I don’t really know what I did to receive it. Just that on top of the bad foul, I lost my cool and resulted in the second technical.”
Cousins has 15 technical fouls this season, most in the NBA. Blake Griffin is second with 12.
Cousins’ next technical foul would result in a one-game suspension along with the $5,000 fine for the technical foul.
Cousins was asked what he had to do to avoid a 16th technical foul and suspension.
“I can’t really answer that,” Cousins said. “Hope for the best.”
Kings coach Michael Malone managed to find a little humor in the situation.
“A lot of guys on the team are taking bets on how long it’s going to be before he gets that (16th) one,” Malone said. “On a serious note, he’s aware, he’s too important to this team.”
*The Kings officially signed guard Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract. Malone said Johnson would be available to play Friday when the Kings play the Lakers in Los Angeles.