Southwest Notes: Hammon, Cousins, Burke, Anderson

Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon continues to perform most of her coaching duties despite being away from the team due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express News reports.

Hammon is under a league-mandated quarantine in Los Angeles along with Spurs big man Drew Eubanks and an unnamed staffer. She has missed three games.

“It’s a big loss,” guard DeMar DeRozan said. “The chemistry we have with Becky makes it a lot lighter compared to Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich).”

We have from the Southwest Division:

  • Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins was ejected on Monday against his former team, the Lakers, for an altercation with Markieff Morris. Cousins intervened for teammate Jae’Sean Tate, who was shoved to the court by Morris, and first-year coach Stephen Silas was fine with Cousins’ actions, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon tweets“He wasn’t going to allow anything to happen to his rookie, and I think that’s admirable,” Silas said. “Him sticking up for his teammate shows a lot of who DeMarcus Cousins is.”
  • The Mavericks are dealing with major COVID issues and guard Trey Burke knows what his teammates are going through, as Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News details. Burke underwent a 25-day quarantine last summer after signing with Dallas. “I kept getting inconclusive [test] results,” he said. “It would come back negative and then it would be positive. It is a real experience. … I know it is a tough time and it is unfortunate but try to use this isolation time to do some meditation, some visualization, and try to work on yourself.”
  • Forward Kyle Anderson is averaging career highs in points, rebounding and assists for the injury-riddled Grizzlies and he feels a measure of vindication, Mark Giannotto of the Memphis Commercial Appeal writes. “I feel like I could have been doing this in this league, but I put a lot of work in and finally proving to myself that I can do it,” said Anderson, who is signed through the 2021/22 season.
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7 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Hammon, Cousins, Burke, Anderson

  1. harden (mvp),wall, and wood

    It would be nice if Boogie stopped getting himself ejected, twice in the last 4 games.

    • Simmons>Russ

      Tbh I liked what he did. Stood up for his rookie and did a little shove back. Morris over reacted hugely which made for the ejection. Cousins tried walking away and just ignoring the situation. Thought he made all the right decisions as a vet off the bench.

      I though Cousins should’ve got a Tech and Morris double tech.

      • Chief Two Hands

        As a Lakers fan, I also think Cousins did not deserve to be ejected, and I thought so as soon as it happened. Over the years, of course, I have become used to seeing officials make the wrong decisions.

  2. El Don

    Good for DMC!
    A true pro!
    I mean can this guy be nicer than he is?
    I know he can’t, right?
    BTW DMC didn’t do anything at all to get himself ejected… now that morris thug… he should be banned for a few games to think about his awful & immature behaviour, if you ask me!

    • Lakers1

      He didn’t get
      Ejected because of markieff Morris. He got ejected because they called the flagrant for hitting lebron which was obvious him going for ball.. but unfortunately, refs don’t like him so he needs to figure it out

    • Lakers1

      Yeah if someone throws a forearm into your chest than player should just walk away. Markieff responded to cousins shot..

  3. formerlyz

    This has been Kyle Anderson’s worst year so far, so I’m glad that he thinks he was always fully capable of doing this, so his scoring could increase….

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