DeMarcus Cousins threw an opponent’s shoe into the crowd. Given Cousins’ history of outbursts, it sounds like the beginning of an epic tirade from the fiery Golden State Warriors big man.
The story is far more tame, though.
Cousins was assessed a technical foul during the fourth quarter Monday night against Charlotte when he picked up Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb’s shoe and threw it off the court and into the first row of spectators. Lamb’s shoe came off during the course of play, and Cousins appeared to simply want to get it off the floor and out of the way.
He argued his case with the referees, but to no avail. League rules stipulate that throwing an object into the stands — for any reason — merits an automatic technical foul.
“Next time I’ll just step on the shoe and roll my ankle, break it, tear an Achilles,” Cousins said. “Just leave it out there next time. I guess that’s what they want. I’ll keep that in mind.”
Luckily for the Warriors, Cousins’ technical wasn’t costly. They led by 15 with just under five minutes left at the time of the foul and went on to win 121-110. Cousins notched a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Perhaps the strangest part of the sequence was where the shoe ended up: In the hands of former Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who was seated courtside.
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