Pelicans news: John Calipari had a baby bottle at Kentucky to deal with DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins is infamous for his short temper, which often puts him in trouble on the basketball court. He has been like that since his time at Kentucky, but his then coach John Calipari had an unusual and funny way of dealing with him.
He literally had a baby bottle made for the big man!
Former NBA and Kentucky player Scott Padgett revealed the story to Kentucky Sports Radio, claiming that during the 2009-10 season, Calipari had the baby bottle prepared whenever Cousins whined and acted like a child.
An assistant coach for the Wildcats that year, Padgett told KSR:
“If you see the transformation that guys like that that were a little rough around the edges have made — I can remember [DeMarcus] Cousins being in practice and throwing tantrums to the point that Cal had a baby bottle made up and said, ‘Give him a bottle.’ I mean, he didn’t ever give him the bottle, but he had it made up and it was kind of funny. ‘Get him his bottle! He’s acting like a child!’”
DeMarcus Cousins, who was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has established a bad reputation since his early years in the league. When he was with the Sacramento Kings, there were several occasions that he was suspended due to “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Although the 27-year-old has shown some signs that he’s maturing, there were still times that he can’t control his emotion. Just in February last season before he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, Cousins was fined and suspended for shoving Bulls assistant coach Jim Boylen.
It’s still unknown if the bottle is still at Kentucky, but coach Alvin Gentry might want to borrow that in case Cousins had another tantrum.