Apparently, nobody alerted referee Monty McCutchen.
After Luke Walton got ejected from the Kings’ win over the Lakers night, Shaw – serving as Lakers coach – jawed with Cousins during free throws. That drew a double technical foul from McCutchen and gave Cousins his NBA-high ninth technical foul of the season.
Cousins, via James Ham of CSN California:
“I don’t understand what he saw,” Cousins said from his locker room stall. “B-Shaw and me talk trash since I’ve came into this league. Friendly trash talk, he (McCutchen) didn’t like the curse words me and B-Shaw said so he gave us techs.”
“It is what it is,” Cousins said. “I’ll talk to the league. We’ll see what happens, but I can guarantee this, it won’t be the last.”
“It’s been awhile since I’ve just went up to a ref and cursed him out. So I really don’t know what to do.”
“I see how some guys talk to the refs and it’s okay, and then there’s me,” Cousins added. “And then there’s me. Like I said, it just depends on their mood.”
Cousins has earned some of his technicals – and his reputation for crossing the line.
But referees have a duty not to judge players by their reputation and treat them all fairly. Cousins often draws too quick a whistle, and that was the case here. Officials should not interject themselves into trash talk that both sides view as friendly.