Cousins labelled Dunleavy “a clown” after their latest battle.
Chicago Bulls veteran guard Mike Dunleavy has laughed off being called a “clown” after his encounter with Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins on Monday.
“He called me a clown?” Dunleavy said on Tuesday, as reported by ESPN.
“I mean, I’d like to respond but clowns can’t talk. So (I can) mime or (give him) some animal balloons or something. Oh man.”
The pair got tangled up during Monday night’s game in which the Kings won 99-70, and as well as Joakim Noah being ejected and fined for his tirade at the officials, Cousins was clearly irked by Dunleavy.
The two stars do have history as while with the Milwaukee Bucks last season, Dunleavy was involved in an altercation with Cousins that resulted in the latter being ejected from the game.
It appears as though the animosity between the pair has been carried forward by the Sacramento center, who claimed that Dunleavy “was scared” and that he wouldn’t even “waste my time” on him if they ever met outside the gym.
“That’s the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black,” Dunleavy added. “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 him or that.”
Dunleavy went on to add that Cousins’ reputation speaks for itself, as he is known as one of the more fiery and temperamental players in the NBA.
The veteran guard has rarely had an issue with any other player in the league during his career, and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau agreed that it was better to not pay too much attention to Cousins’ comments.
Nevertheless, the pair are expected to continue their friendly exchanges when the two teams meet at the United Center on March 15.