By Drew Packham
LAS VEGAS – DeMarcus Cousins became the second player this Summer League to pull off a triple-double.
Unfortunately, it was one he’d like to forget.
Cousins had a respectable 16 points and 12 rebounds (albeit on 5-for-18 shooting), but he got the triple-double thanks to his 10 fouls. (Players are allowed 10 fouls in Summer League before fouling out.)
Kings assistant Mario Elie, acting as head coach in Las Vegas, wasn’t pleased with the calls.
“Very frustrated,” Elie said. “I didn’t like the officiating today. I mean, God, you’ve gotta let these young guys play in the summer. Looked like the game was going to take four hours. Granted, there was a lot of fouling, and these officials are trying to show the NBA officials up there, but you’ve got to let players play.”
Cousins isn’t the first this summer to pull off the rare triple-double. Suns rookie Gani Lawal did it Monday against the Mavs with 15 points, 11 boards and the 10 fouls.
Elie was, however, happy with Cousins’ reaction.
“I like how he responded,” Elie said. “I wanted to see how he responded when things weren’t going his way. He was a little down, but I tried to keep encouraging him. He kept rebounding the ball. He’s just got to learn to play through that and be smarter.”