DeMarcus Cousins baffled by technical foul for throwing shoe vs. Hornets

DeMarcus Cousins baffled by technical foul for throwing shoe vs. Hornets

DeMarcus Cousins has a history of technical fouls. A long history. 

The Warriors' center has 123 total techs to his name over his 10-year career, but Monday brought a new one. 

With 4:51 left in the Warriors' 121-110 win over the Hornets, Cousins was hit with a technical foul for a bizarre reason. Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb's shoe came off near the free throw line and the Golden State's big man calmly tossed it to the sidelines. Referee Brian Forte quickly T'd him up. 

Cousins, who missed nearly a year of action after tearing his Achilles last season, was upset by the decision. 

"Next time I'll just step on the shoe and roll my ankle, break it, tear an Achilles," Cousins said to reporters after the game. "Just leave it out there next time. I guess that's what they want. I'll keep that in mind."

So, why did he get the technical foul? The answer from the ref was simple: "Basically, you can't throw a shoe."

Cousins wasn't the only Warrior surprised by the call. Draymond Green couldn't believe it either. 

"I don't know if I've ever seen that," Green said. "But that's crazy. It's sitting in the middle of the floor. I don't know. We have all these rules for player safety. You can barely contest a shot without getting a foul, but you're supposed to leave a shoe sitting there.

"It's just kind of crazy to me, but it is what it is." 

Evidently, the NBA agreed with Cousins and rescinded his technical foul on Tuesday afternoon. 

Steph Curry, like always, took the lighter approach to a heated situation.

"He's got to be a little bit more delicate throwing it to the sideline -- like horseshoes," Curry said, "Just got to touch the line and sit down, not throw it in the stands. He's too strong, that's all. Too strong."

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The good news is, Cousins had his best game as a Warrior. He scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, one game after showing clear frustration with a rough stretch of play. 

When he plays like this, the Warriors are nearly unstoppable. And next time, just think horseshoes, Boogie.

Warriors' Steph Curry posts Kobe Bryant tributes in Twitter, Instagram

Warriors' Steph Curry posts Kobe Bryant tributes in Twitter, Instagram

Steph Curry and Kobe Bryant shared lots of moments on the basketball court during their seven years playing against each other.

So you knew the news of Kobe's tragic death in a helicopter crash in the Calabasas hills would hit Curry hard.

Sunday night, Curry posted a pair of tributes to the late Bryant, one on Instagram and the other on Twitter.

Last July, Curry sat down with House of Highlights to break down some of most memorable plays, and one that came up was a 3-pointer Curry hit over Kobe in a preseason game between the Lakers and Warriors in 2014.

"This is him, I think the year after his Achilles [tear] and he's trying to get his competitive fire back because he missed so much time. He started to pick me up full court two possessions in a row, so this is the second possession. So I took the challenge obviously. They let him foul and they didn't call that so I kinda had to work with that.

"But I came down the court and he was trying to steal it, trying to be physical. I got him with a little half step to get a little bit of space and then just pulled it from deep and obviously it went in and then his smile afterward, the little ass tap.

"I tried not to have a reaction there because I was in the moment. But afterward, I was like 'Damn, that's pretty cool' because Kobe doesn't show that type of emotion."

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Curry, like many of his contemporaries, looked up to Kobe. This is a brutal day for Curry and the NBA.

Warriors' Bob Myers shares emotional memories of 'warrior' Kobe Bryant

Warriors' Bob Myers shares emotional memories of 'warrior' Kobe Bryant

SAN FRANCISCO –- Having graduated from UCLA and worked as an NBA player agent in an office in the Brentwood section of the city, Bob Myers spent much of his life L.A. and came to know a thing or three about Kobe Bryant.

Myers estimates he “probably saw a couple hundred” Lakers game during Kobe’s 20-year career, which ended in 2016.

Now the president and general manager of the Warriors, Myers spent a few minutes Sunday afternoon navigating through numerous pauses to utter a few memories in the wake of Kobe’s sudden death in a horrific helicopter crash a few hours earlier.

Myers’ initial response to hearing the news from Warriors executive vice president Kirk Lacob, was, like that of many others, disbelief.

“We talk about fake news and we talk about hoaxes, and this is one where you’re wishing for it,” Myers said on a conference call. “But then as the news kind of kept coming in, you realize it was real.”

Several hours later, Myers still was distraught and in shock, as was much of the NBA and sports fans around the world. Kobe was 41 years old and long ago attained the status of one-name celebrity – as in Magic or Elvis or Beyonce or Prince – and, according to Myers, expected nothing less than massive glory and fame.

Myers walked into the office of Arn Tellem, one of the power agents of the 1990s, and 19-year-old Kobe was sitting in a chair in the lobby wearing a Joe Montana retro 49ers jersey.

“He was going into his second year,” Myers recalled. “And he said – he was a gregarious guy; I talked to him for a few minutes – and he said he was going to win 10 championships and then move to Italy and finish his career there.”

Kobe, 19 at the time, settled for five championships and 20 seasons with the Lakers.

“He was probably the most competitive person I’ve ever been around,” Myers said. “He was a warrior. Not in our sense of it, but in the regular sense.”

Kobe took the torch from Michael Jordan and became the symbol of iron will. That garnered a lot of respect around the league and added to the cult of Kobe among NBA players. Warriors star Klay Thompson’s father, Mychal, is a two-time champion Laker but Klay grew up studying Kobe.

“He was, to this generation of NBA players, their first mythical figure,” Myers said. “For a lot of players that are young now or maybe in their 20s or 30s, even young fans, who probably grew up more in the media era than anybody, he certainly caught, in the last 10 years of his career, we were walking into this kind of 24/7 coverage era. People got to know him and follow him. Obviously, playing in L.A . . .

“Bigger than life.”

Kobe’s star in Southern California was as grand and glossy as the hottest entertainers in town, nearly all of whom worshipped the ground on which he walked. Even after a ruptured Achilles’ tendon in 2013 nudged him toward retirement, the crowds at Staples Center never lost their passion for all things Kobe.

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“Just the fans in the arena,” Myers recalled. “Steph (Curry) gets some of that with us, too. But he was . . . that whole city has got to be feeling this to a great degree.

“Respect is the thing we all hope to earn in life, and I think they all respected him. That’s hard to do. NBA players are tough audience. It’s tough to impress them, no matter what you do. I think they’d be lying if they said they didn’t look up to him in some ways, especially the players that grew up watching him.”

The man has left this earth, leaving memories for the world to cherish. And cherish it will, for Kobe left quite the catalog of moments as his basketball legacy.