When Sacramento King fans think of Devin Harris, the first thought that crosses their mind is his near lifeless body laying in the middle of the court after running into some brickhouse screens set by former King, Brad Miller. And although Miller has moved on from the Kings and Harris from the Mavericks, his apparent disgust with King big men hasn’t diminished as he and current Sacramento King DeMarcus Cousins aren’t exactly going to be singing campfire songs together anytime soon.
While nobody knows exactly what started it, or even truly when, it became obvious in the February 28th Kings victory over the Jazz when DeMarcus Cousins threw a hefty forearm shiver into the chest of Harris as Cousins returned in-bounds from a made basket. A technical was called and moments later the game would be over. Hands washed, right? Well, not so fast.
Cousins was asked about the incident after the February game and while he played coy on the television interview, in print he let it be known that Harris was throwing some very unfriendly barbs and questionably placed grabs towards he and other Kings throughout the evening. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what Cousins was referring to, but let’s just say Chris Paul would be proud.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend DeMarcus plays a saintly game – there’s no doubt he plays with a chip on his shoulder, does his best to play an intimidating style and certainly will dish out some rough play. But to draw up a scenario that poor little Devin Harris is just an innocent bystander in all of this? Yeah, can’t do that – its not like he has a glowing reputation either:
Fast forward to tonight when Cousins ran into a ill-positioned Harris as he attempted to retrieve a ball on its way out of bounds. The two collided in a semi-typical basketball play in which Harris greeted Cousins with a stare-down those in the WWE would be envious of. The two locked eyes like two rhino’s in the wild before both players were separated and the situation was resolved – well, so we thought.
Postgame, the barbs continued:
Per James Ham:
Cousins on Harris: “I don’t know what his issue is, but I can definitely solve it.”
Per Jason Jones:
DMC on Devin Harris: “Honestly I’m tired of the kid. I don’t know what his issue is.”
As for Harris’ reaction, he says he’s just trying to get into Cousins’ head, per Clint Peterson:
Devin says DeMarcus Cousins feud was just him “trying to get in his head.”
And Brian T. Smith was told by Harris that the issue continued from last game:
Whatever the case, it doesn’t appear that either Harris or Cousins plan to back down from the other and while Harris may not have an extended future in Utah, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the Cousins/Harris tilt.
Between the talented youthful rosters, Utah’s golden boy in Jimmer Fredette wearing black and purple and the already festering issues between the two rosters – it appears the Jazz and Kings are doing their best to re-kindle that rivalry we had not so long ago.
And don’t think this was just a Harris/Cousins thing – tonight was intense, for all involved. A playoff styled atmosphere on the court.
The worst of it may have went to press row though, which took the brunt of some Keith Smart frustration, keeping his busted cuff link as a trophy of its coup, per Sean Cunningham: