It’s hard to consistently battle the behemoths in the middle during an NBA game. Multiply that by the 82-game schedule and post players can get a little ornery when calls aren’t going their way. Sacramento’s 6’11, 270-pound center DeMarcus Cousins is such a player, and his gesticulations to officials led him to tie (with KD and Blake) the league lead with 16 technicals last season.
He set about working on a turnaround this season, and things started well. He even prevented his first coach this year (he’s had three, remember) from picking up a T early in the year after he had fouled out.
But his preseason goal to stay under five technicals this year has predictably failed. He has 11 at the time of this writing. That’s not the most in the league (the league-high is 14, shared by Markieff Morris and Russell Westbrook), but his behavior on the court led one Twitter user to call him out for complaining to the refs.
This happens all the time, as we’re sure most NBA players — and every All-Star, like DMC — has a timeline littered with haters bitching about something they did on the court.
But Boogie, much to the delight of the Twitterati, responded by asking him if he could abuse the fan for 48 minutes:
Our Old Man bitches about player’s bitching to the refs all the time. He’s a Spurs fan, like most men who grew up watching basketball in the 60s, 70s and 80s, but he doesn’t understand why the Spurs always argue a call, even when it’s clear they committed an infraction. His rationale is that no player has ever gotten a call overturned, so why do players continue to complain? It’s a fair point, even with reviewable plays within the last two minutes of closely contested games.