DALLAS (CBS SPORTS.COM) – O.J. Mayo and DeMarcus Cousins have both had image problems over the course of their short respective careers. There have been many pundits and people inside basketball who have pegged each one as immature in different ways. But as O.J. Mayo appears to be righting his own ship with his play, Cousins is going in the opposite direction.
During the second quarter of the Dallas Mavericks‘ 119-96 thrashing of the Sacramento Kings, Mayo and Cousins were fighting each other for position before a shot by the Kings went up. At first there was a little shove by Cousins to Mayo and then Cousins appeared to hit Mayo below the belt.
After the game, Cousins said the shot “wasn’t intentional” and admitted to there being a lot of trash talk. After Cousins hit Mayo, the Mavs’ guard was slow to get back on defense. He and the Kings’ center jawed at each other during a dead ball after the foul and each received a technical foul for their continued talking.
After the game though, Mayo made some serious comments about Cousins to KESN radio:
“Man, I was so pissed,” Mayo said after his 19-point, seven-rebound performance in the rout. “It’s just, where does that come in in the game, you know what I mean? He’s a talented player, has a chance to be an All-Star. But you do stuff like that, it takes you down a class.”
“That guy has some mental issues, man,” Mayo said. “He’s a talented player. He has an opportunity to be the face of that organization, but I don’t think he wants it.”
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