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DeMarcus Cousins discusses altercation with Madison Square Garden security guard

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Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins hasn't been able to keep himself out of the news lately following a very public spat with his coach George Karl, which resulted in a one-game suspension.

The free-scoring center wasn't prepared to move on from the incident upon his return either. After sitting out a loss to the Orlando Magic, Cousins would squarely point the finger at Karl for his ban rather than the organisation that sanctioned it.

The two-time All-Star also entered into an on-court confrontation with San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan a few weeks ago as the two big men came face-to-face before teammates pulled the heavyweights apart.

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Cousins further enhanced his volatile reputation during Sunday's win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. On the stroke of halftime during 86-80 victory, Cousins and teammate Rajon Rondo were talking to officials when an arena security guard appeared to walk into Cousins and put his hand on the 6'11" man's back.

The 25-year-old pulled a textbook, confused facial as the security staff promptly exited in the opposite direction. Whether it was a pure accident or he realised very quickly he had bitten off more than he could chew, one can only speculate.

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Cousins is an aggressive and intimidating presence on the floor and he dropped 24 points whilst grabbed 20 rebounds during the victory which took the Kings regular season record to 27-42.

After the game, Cousins brushed off the incident with the security guard as just a guy trying to do his job.

"Actually, I think he was trying to remove me from talking to some refs," Cousins said. "So he kind of put his hand on my back and tried to move me forward. It's not really that big of an issue."

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Tried to move Cousins forward, indeed. Succeeded? Not so much.

Despite the Alabama-native's growing presence in the headlines for the wrong reasons, Cousins is undeniably having a stellar campaign this year.

He's averaging 27.4 points, 11.5 boards and 3.3 assists a night this term and only Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and James Harden are dropping in more points and outing than Cousins at present. Keeping his name alongside such esteemed company is clear cut evidence that Cousins is doing something right.

Will his intensity come to diminish his accomplishments on the court? His understanding with Rondo - who will enter free agency in the summer - has been a bright spot for the Kings this season and despite lying 11th in the Western Conference, the franchise will harbour hopes that they can grow from this year's foundations.

There's no question that Cousins will be central to those plans and with the way he's playing, perhaps the extra edge to his game is a necessary driver.

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