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Frustrated DeMarcus Cousins takes out anger kicking chair (VIDEO)


DeMarcus Cousins tried to contain it. He picked up his third foul on what he thought was a clean play against Marc Gasol, and Cousins was pissed.

First he almost slammed the ball down in front of the referee, then thought better of that because it would have been an automatic technical.

Then he almost threw his mouthpiece, but thought better of it because that would have been a technical and then a healthy fine from the league.

Then he came up to the chair on the bench and tried to bend it like Beckham.

The best part: Check out the reaction of the woman right behind the chair. She did not see that coming. Neither did the chair.

Cousins had his revenge on the Grizzlies. He had 12 points in the fourth quarter and helped key a Kings 10-0 run to start the final frame, all of which was enough to give Sacramento the upset win over Memphis.

Great news: Craig Sager will return to sidelines for TNT March 5

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There is no need to adjust your television, that is really the color of his suit.

We pass along great news for NBA fans:

Craig Sager is the long-time sideline reporter for TNT, a real pro’s pro, and also a guy best remembered for his ridiculous/amazing/one-of-a-kind suits, and occasionally getting under the skin of Gregg Popovich.

Sager had to step away from his job last April when it was announced he had acute leukemia.

The news he has put this cancer in remission and can return to work is great news for us as fans, but better news for the Sager family. It will be great to see him on our television screens again.

Even if his suits might blind us sometimes.

PBT Extra: What is future for Derrick Rose? Bulls?

Derrick Rose

It’s the question everyone may be thinking but is afraid to ask: With this latest meniscus injury is Derrick Rose the next guy in the Penny Hardaway, Brandon Roy, Bill Walton club of guys who were elite stars betrayed by their bodies?

Jenna Corrado isn’t afraid to ask it, and that’s the first question in this PBT Extra talking about Derrick Rose. The fact is we’re not going to know until the surgeon looks down the scope exactly where Rose is going physically. What we do know is he has to adapt his game because he’s just never going to be the MVP Rose physically again.

In this video we also talk about what the injury will mean for the Bulls, which in the short term heading into this playoff run is nothing good.

Mavericks suspend Rajon Rondo one game after argument with coach Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle, Rajon Rondo

As an organization, from Marc Cuban on down, the Dallas Mavericks are insistent everyone be on the same page. Even compared to other franchises around the league.

Rick Carlisle and Rajon Rondo were clearly not on the same page Tuesday night. And that’s not the first time Carlisle benched Rondo. Nor was what was caught on camera in-game all of it.

All of that led Dallas to suspend Rondo for one game, Wednesday night in Atlanta, the team announced. The official reason is “conduct detrimental to the team.” This is pretty standard for Dallas, an organization big on team discipline.

The bigger question is how does all of this impact Rondo’s thought process about being a free agent this summer? Rondo is unrestricted and when he was first traded to Dallas the team made it clear they planned to re-sign him. Now Rondo may have second thoughts, and he certainly would have plenty of suitors.

In the short term, the Mavs will miss Rondo’s defense on All-Star point guard Jeff Teague of Atlanta.  (And yes, the game is taking place despite the frigid weather in Atlanta.)

Kevin Garnett is already yelling at his Timberwolves teammates. In a good way.

Kevin Garnett

The Kevin Garnett homecoming to Minnesota isn’t just a marketing ploy for a franchise about to miss the playoffs again, it’s a chance to bring a leader and teacher into a young locker room. Minnesota is loaded with inexperienced but talented players who need to be shown how to be a true professional. They need a mentor.

Garnett is already teaching lessons.

And doing it in his own style, which means a lot of yelling. Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press has the details.

During Tuesday’s early afternoon practice, Garnett twice yelled at burly center Nikola Pekovic to get back on defense.

“I think nobody in (Pekovic’s) career yell at him to run back on defense, so that’s good,” Ricky Rubio said…

With Garnett’s help, Rubio said he can become a more vocal point guard.

“I don’t know how to do it yet. I’m too nice, so I hope he teach me that bad side,” Rubio said. “That (will) help team to improve.”

The other lesson is about work ethic — Anthony Bennett got to the team’s weight room at 11 a.m. expecting to be the first guy there and found KG had been there 90 minutes already.

I don’t know if Garnett is going to stick around for a season after this one, but even if he is just there a couple months he can show these young players a lot. And I mean show — KG has the ring and still walks the walk (even if his body doesn’t respond like it once did). This franchise will be better off for these couple months (or however long it lasts).

This is the kind of thing the Sixers should do, but that’s a different story.