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DeMarcus Cousins suspension: When will the Kings’ star start to behave?

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DeMarcus Cousins is at it again — terrorizing opponents while doing almost anything he wants to on the basketball court while simultaneously ripping the hearts out of the loyal Sacramento Kings fans who adore him at the same time. 

His latest stunt will cost him $20,000 and a game check. But there’s more to this situation.

There’s a built-in dichotomy when it comes to Cousins — he’s likable, yet distant at times, fluid, yet powerful and finally, he’s immensely talented but poorly behaved. 

It’s that last part, the behavior, that is the most maddening display of his disposition. Cousins seems worth every bit of the four-year, $62 million extension he signed in the offseason, and that’s for good reason. 

The former Kentucky star can fill up a stat sheet like few others in the NBA. For example in the 2013-14 season, Boogie is just one of two players to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block while shooting at least 70 percent from the free throw line. The other one is budding star Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The undeniable talent brings with it a sideshow that rears its ugly head about once every few weeks when Cousins lets his emotions run wild. The latest incident resulting in a one-game suspension and fine was another one of the head-scratching moments that leave everyone wondering why it had to unfold that way: 

Earlier in the game, three minutes after the opening tipoff no less, Cousins picked up a technical foul for throwing a punch at Patrick Beverly. He then had a meltdown on what seemed to be a routine call in the third and picked up his second technical and requisite ejection.

He apologized, but it was already too late as the damage was done:

With so many natural gifts bestowed upon him, it’s impossible to pinpointt why Cousins can’t keep himself together. Even though he earned his max contact on the floor, he’s blowing it in other aspects.

The Kings took a risk by committing to him long-term because of the potential for attitudinal issues. So far, he’s made them look less than savvy since he’s just one technical foul away from costing himself and his team another game at 15. 

An apology is supposed to show regret and contrition. When the behavior becomes a habit, it gets old. 

Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images  

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.