Thanks to the New York Times, we know there’s one more hilarious detail to the story of the simultaneous ejections of DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant and the former’s subsequent pursuit of the latter in the bowels of the Smoothie King Center: Security on hand felt the need to protect the Golden State Warriors star by hiding him in a “small corridor” while the New Orleans Pelicans (extremely) big man came searching.
From the Times’ account:
… [Warriors director of team operations Eric] Housen left the locker room on Monday to find that Cousins was storming down the hallway in search of Durant, who was making his way off the court after his ejection and toward the locker room. Security officers, aware that trouble was brewing, quickly diverted Durant to a small corridor as several others slowed Cousins’s progress.
“Shut the door! Shut the door!” the officers shouted at one another up and down the hallway.
Housen, meanwhile, ran ahead of Cousins and stood in his path. Cousins, who is 6 feet 11 and 270 pounds but somehow seems even more enormous when angry, was eventually persuaded by security to return to his own locker room, and Housen (5-10, 185) resumed the far more pedestrian chore of packing equipment.
Here’s the best photo of the hilarious scene:
Apparently after Demarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant were ejected after barking at each other during the GSW/NOP game Boogie stormed down the hallway near the locker rooms in search of KD and had to be restrained.
h/t: @ScottCacciola pic.twitter.com/sQz9297HC2
— Warriors Talk (@JaeAzizi) December 8, 2017
Durant has been acting tough on the court a lot lately—this was his third ejection of the season, and he entered the year with just two in 810 games. But that willingness to throw down apparently doesn’t extend off the court, even just 50 feet away from it.
It’s no wonder Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser called Housen, who shielded Durant from Boogie, the “most important guy in the organization.”