Posted December 22, 2012

Sacramento Kings suspend DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely

Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins was suspended indefinitely for "unprofessional behavior." (Sam Forencich/Getty Images)

Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins was suspended indefinitely for “unprofessional behavior.” (Sam Forencich/Getty Images)

The Sacramento Kings announced Saturday that they have suspended big man DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.” Cousins was benched following a verbal altercation with his coach during a loss to the Clippers on Friday night.

This is the third time Cousins has been suspended this year. He was previously suspended for an altercation with Spurs announcer and former player Sean Ellott and for hitting Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo in the groin during a game.

Cousins, 22, has been plagued by immaturity since he entered the league as the fifth overall pick in 2010. His altercation with head coach Keith Smart was the second publicized such incident in his three seasons, as he also clashed with ex-coach Paul Westphal.

Still, the 6-foot-11 power forward/center is averaging 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds this season. His play has been wildly inconsistent and earlier this month he said that he has been “terrible” and does not have “any confidence.”

At 8-18, the Kings have the second-worst record in the Western Conference. They play a home-and-home with the Trail Blazers on Sunday and Wednesday before playing home games against the Knicks and Celtics to close out the year.