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Video surfaces of DeMarcus Cousins shouting obscenities at Sacramento Bee columnist

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DeMarcus Cousins isn’t known for his control of his emotions, and video of a recent locker room shouting session directed at Sacramento Bee columnist Andy Furillo won’t help change that perception.

In a video posted to the Bee’s website, a shirtless Cousins can be seen confronting Furillo and pointing a finger in his face while dropping f-bombs.

Cousins was apparently angry about a column Furillo wrote about his and Matt Barnes‘ involvement in a fight at New York nightclub, where Barnes is alleged to have choked a woman and Cousins is alleged to have punched a man.

In the article, Furillo referenced another nightclub outing that found Cousins in hot water alongside his brother, Jaleel.

It was the reference to Jaleel that apparently set Cousins off.

WARNING: NSFW language ahead.

“We’re going to have some real f–king issues. Don’t ever mention my brother again. You don’t know my f–king brother. F–king coward. You say whatever the f–k you want to say about me but don’t mention my motherf–king family.

After the outburst, Cousins refused to speak to media members until Furillo left the locker room, according to the Bee.

For context, here is the passage from Furillo’s column that Cousins was apparently upset about:

For Cousins, this is his second late-night outing on the club circuit this year that ended badly. In May, TMZ caught him at The DrYnk in Tampa with his younger brother, Jaleel. The celebrity gossip website reported that he and his brother were trying to get into the club’s DJ area when a confrontation broke out. Jaleel wound up getting shocked with a Taser and arrested while friends hustled DeMarcus out of the place.

The Sacramento Bee has responded with an editorial by Executive Editor and Senior Vice President Joyce Terhaar, who said that Furillo was providing basic journalistic context in reference to the incident in Florida, and that Cousins has been a bully in the past. She also wrote that it was a failure of Kings management to allow him to act in such a manner towards journalists.

However, there has already been some writing on the video above from alternate media in Sacramento. According to local site Sactown Royalty, Furillo has been highly critical of Cousins in the past, so the interaction between the two has some contextual baggage to understand.

Meanwhile, the team has responded with a statement saying, “We are committed to being open and transparent, and any hint of media censorship is unacceptable. There is an ongoing review into this matter, and we will take the appropriate steps immediately upon its conclusion.”

Devin Booker drops 70 points for Suns in loss to Celtics (VIDEO)

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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is just 20 years old. He’s a League Pass favorite, and indeed he should be a favorite in Phoenix for years to come. On Friday, Booker dropped 70 points — yes, 70 — in a loss to the Boston Celtics.

Booker’s 70 points is the best outing of the season. It also made him the youngest player to ever reach 70 points.

His final stat line, as you might imagine, was ridiculous. Booker shot 21-of-40 from the field, going 4-of-11 on 3-pointers and a whopping 24-of-26 from the free-throw line. The Suns phenom also grabbed eight rebounds to go with six assists.

Despite the loss to Boston, 130-120, it’s still an incredible milestone for Phoenix and for Booker. There’s a bright spot out there for the Suns.

Magic’s Aaron Gordon skies to finish amazing alley-oop (VIDEO)

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Aaron Gordon may not have had the best dunk contest this year — apparently drones and dunks don’t mix well — but the guy can still get up and finish with the best in the league.

As he did on this alley-oop against Detroit.

Elfrid Payton had to throw a lob that would get over Andre Drummond, but how many guys in the league can get that high, reach back and finish that? Damn.

Former Hawk Pero Antic’s celebration accidentally punches teammate in face in Eruoleague (VIDEO)

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Former Atlanta Hawk Pero Antic is now playing for Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce, in case you were not aware.

Fenerbahce was facing Anadolu Efes in a EuroLeague game, it was tight late and former NBA player Ekpe Udoh was at the free throw line for Fenerbahce. He missed his second shot, but the rebound caromed out-of-bounds off an Anadolu Efes player. Antic was pumped.

Maybe a little too pumped.

Ouch.

That was Nikola Kalinic, by the way, the guy Antic now owes dinner to. Kalinic would like the dinner more than the hug and kiss he got from Antic right after the play.

Also, Anadolu Efes held on to win 80-77.

(Hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie.)

James Harden helped recruit Lou Williams to Houston

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The Lakers had been shopping Lou Williams around in the run-up to the trade deadline, the only question was would they get a first-round pick for him. Rumors around the league say that Houston had offered them one weeks before, it was on the table, but the Jim Buss/Mitch Kupchak front office held their cards close and hoped a better deal would come through.

While all that was going on James Harden decided to ease the process and did a little recruiting calling up Williams, the sixth-man guard told Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

“When James called, he asked me if I was interested in playing with them,” Williams told The Vertical. “I told him that I loved the Lakers, but James and them have a group that fit my personality, fit how I play. He said he was going to make it happen.”

Williams then laughed, sitting on the edge of a visiting court following a recent practice. “I’ve heard that before, so I didn’t really put stock into it,” Williams told The Vertical. “I guess James did put the word in, and the team made it happen.”

We all know what happened, Jeanie Buss removed her brother and Kupchak a few days before the trade deadline, Magic Johnston stepped in, called around, and quickly pulled the trigger on a trade that sent Williams to Houston (the Lakers also got Corey Brewer). Williams has averaged 14.5 points per game and had some strong performances with the Rockets, although he’s still finding his groove with the team on the court. Still, he’s been an upgrade for the Rockets’ bench.

Harden knew he would be, so he did his part to make sure it happened.