The Los Angeles Lakers exchanged DeMarcus Cousins‘ roster spot for Markieff Morris again in February. In Cousins’ first sport towards his former workforce Sunday, he and Morris received in a testy trade of their very own.
Neither participant ended up ending the sport.
Morris and Cousins have been referred to as for double technical fouls with 2:15 remaining within the first quarter of the Houston Rockets‘ 120-102 loss to L.A. for getting right into a shoving match after Morris’ flagrant foul 1 on Jae’Sean Tate, which despatched the Rockets’ ahead sprawling to the bottom.
Morris was ejected for the infraction after he retaliated towards Cousins’ physique examine that made him fall to the ground charging at Cousins to push him whereas he was serving to Tate up.
Not lengthy after that, Cousins additionally was ejected early within the second quarter when he was referred to as for a flagrant foul 2 for hitting LeBron James within the head. The shot seemed to be incidental, as Cousins was making an attempt to strip James of the ball because the Lakers’ star drove to the basket. Nonetheless, the referees dominated that Cousins’ wind-up and follow-through merited a flagrant 2 name and computerized ejection. Cousins has been ejected twice over the Rockets’ final 4 video games. He was referred to as for 2 technical fouls in a span of two minutes, 53 seconds to get ejected in Monday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
“I believed [Cousins] was sticking up for his teammate on the primary half, the primary technical, and I will assist him 100% when he is sticking up for his teammate,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas mentioned. “He was sticking up for Jae’Sean. He wasn’t going to permit something to occur to his rookie, and I believe that is admirable.
“The [flagrant 2], when he hit LeBron within the face or no matter, that is a judgment name. Or I do not even know if it is a judgment name; it comes from the replay sales space. You are simply going to must stay with it. However him sticking up for his teammate reveals plenty of who DeMarcus Cousins is.”
The Lakers signed Cousins in the summertime of 2019 to attempt to recreate the frontcourt success he had teaming with Anthony Davis on the New Orleans Pelicans, nonetheless, the previous All-Star heart no means performed a sport for L.A. after tearing the ACL in his left knee throughout a pickup sport.
Cousins was waived in February so as to open up a roster spot to signal Morris, who reached a buyout settlement with the Detroit Pistons and was in the marketplace.
Morris was instrumental through the Lakers’ championship run, sarcastically enjoying his handiest ball within the second spherical towards Houston when he scored 16 factors in Recreation 2 to knot the sequence 1-1 and 16 factors once more in Recreation 5 to shut the Rockets out.
Although Cousins was not on the Lakers’ playoff roster, his identify was nonetheless etched into each Lakers championship ring. The Lakers plan to current Cousins with a championship ring after they host the Rockets at Staples Middle later this season, league sources instructed ESPN.
“Everybody, I imply Markieff even mentioned it to him as properly, everyone seems to be genuinely pleased to see him again on the ground,” Anthony Davis mentioned of Cousins after the sport. “He is a man who’s an important expertise and likewise a pleasant man off the ground, and guys are pleased, particularly on the facet being his teammate final 12 months and me personally in New Orleans for a pair years. Guys are pleased to see him again on the ground and enjoying the sport that he loves.”
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.