DALLAS -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins claims his below-the-belt shot on Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo was an accident.
Mayo doesn't believe that one bit, saying that Cousins has a "big maturity problem" and "mental issues." Mayo also requested that the NBA office review the tape of the incident.
Mayo and Cousins were called for double technical fouls after a confrontation with 3:25 remaining in the second quarter of the Mavs' 119-96 win Monday night over the Kings. Mayo was irate after Cousins hit him in the groin area with a fist during the previous possession.
"It wasn't intentional, but there was a lot of trash talk," said Cousins, who had been fighting Mayo for position when he delivered the no-look blow behind him.
"That guy has some mental issues, man," Mayo said. "He's a talented player. He has an opportunity to be the face of that organization, but I don't think he wants it. ...
"He's immature, man. Big maturity problem. Hopefully, he'll grow up out of it and become great. He definitely has the talent to."
About ready to give up on Cousins, I'm always taking up for him but he's a lost cause. The Ndamukong Suh of the NBA.