Not even a change of teams can end some NBA feuds, apparently. Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins called Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy a “clown” after the Kings clowned the Bulls 99-70 on Monday night.
“He’s a clown,” Cousins said Monday night. (h/t ESPNChicago.com) “And he’s scared. I wouldn’t even waste my time on him if I ever saw him outside of the gym. He’s a clown.”
The bad blood apparently dates back to last season, when Cousins was ejected from a game against the Milwaukee Bucks for elbowing Dunleavy in the head.
Dunleavy didn’t seem to take the situation too seriously.
“He called me a clown,” Dunleavy told the Chicago Tribune. “I would like to respond but clowns can’t talk. So I’ll mime or make him some animal balloons or something.
“Oh, man. That’s the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black. Honestly, I’ve never been called that before. I guess there’s a first time for everything.”
Dunleavy also took the time to point out that Cousins has a bit of a reputation around the league for being something of a hothead. The reputation is borne out to a certain degree statistically—Cousins leads the NBA this season with 12 technical fouls, one more than Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. Cousins also topped the NBA with 17 technicals last season, was second with 12 in 2011-12 and fifth with 14 as a rookie in 2010-11.
Cousins earned three ejections in 2010-11 and four last season. He has not been ejected from a game this season.
“His reputation speaks for itself,” Dunleavy said. “He has a short fuse and is easily irritated. You can’t really breathe on the guy without him flipping out. That kind of stuff happens. He’s susceptible to that and probably will be for the rest of his career.”
OK, just to get this out of the way quickly—that was a clown comment, bro, at least about clowns. Clowns can talk. It’s just really creepy when they do. So minus points for a serious lack of clown knowledge.
It does make for an interesting backdrop, if nothing else, for when the Kings visit Chicago on March 15.
If Dunleavy comes out wearing a big red nose, is that like … a game face?