NBA kids have no respect

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

SALT LAKE CITY — In his earlier days in the NBA, the thought of engaging in any kind of trash talking with a veteran was the last thing on Reggie Evans' mind.

Times, as they say, have changed, which is why Evans was taken aback by the antics of rookie DeMarcus Cousins in Monday's tip in Sacramento, where the Kings would prevail.

"He put his arm around me and made a comment,' said Evans. "I basically told him this is the wrong tree you want to be barking up.

"I would never have done that to a player like Karl Malone."

Malone was a staple with the Jazz, executing the pick and roll with John Stockton to perfection.

Evans will never come close to posting the Mailman's offensive numbers, but he did have a Malone-like rebounding night in Sacramento by hauling down 19.

In the big picture, Evans' exchange with Cousins is minor, but it does speak to the nature of today's young ballers.

"I like his game,'' Evans said of Cousins, who got into early foul trouble but scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. "He has a bright future."

After the buzzer sounded, Cousins did approach Evans.

"It was all cool."


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