DeMarcus Cousins asked how competitive he is: ‘About 17 technicals worth’

DeMarcus Cousins has a fresh start now with the New Orleans Pelicans after being traded from the Sacramento Kings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to tone things down.

Speaking with the press Wednesday, Cousins was asked, “How competitive are you?”

His answer had us, and the reporters in the room, laughing out loud.

When Cousins received his 16th technical of the season on February 7, he broke a record previously set by Dwight Howard for the earliest such suspension in an NBA season.

It’s not the kind of record one wants to hold, yet he continues to have trouble holding back his temper when things get heated on the court. He’s on thin ice the rest of the way, because for every two technical fouls he receives, it will result in an automatic one-game suspension.

Hopefully Cousins will be on his best behavior in his new surroundings, away from Sacramento — that bastion of culture and character.

The Pelicans are just 2.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. They’ll need Cousins to be on the court as much as possible to climb into the postseason.