PHOENIX—When Tom Thibodeau was asked about Kings center DeMarcus Cousins disparaging one of his players, Mike Dunleavy Jr., after Monday’s loss in Sacramento, the Bulls head coach was dismissive, saying, “I could care less about what DeMarcus Cousins says.”
When Dunleavy himself was asked about Cousins’ comments, which included calling Dunleavy a “clown”—apparently Cousins has held a grudge since the two got tangled up during Dunleavy’s Milwaukee days—he was far more engaging than his coach.
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“He called me a clown? I’d like to respond, but clowns can’t talk. So I [can] mime or make him some animal balloons or something,” Dunleavy quipped. “That’s the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black. But honestly, I’ve never been called that before. I guess there’s a first time for everything. I don’t have much to say about that.
“I think his reputation speaks for itself. He’s got a short fuse and easily irritated, so you can’t really breathe on the guy without him flipping out. So that kind of stuff happens. He’s susceptible to that, probably will be for the rest of his career,” he went on to say. “I haven’t had any issues with anybody in this league, so I’m just going to leave it at that. There’s not much more for me to say.”
The Kings visit Chicago next month for a March 15 matchup at the United Center.