Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  11 responses

DeMarcus Cousins Wants to Play for the U.S. Olympic Team

Following his breakout second season in the NBA, DeMarcus Cousins seems to believe he’s good enough to play in the Olympics this summer. From the Sac Bee: “USA Basketball czar Jerry Colangelo is inviting Cousins to join the Select team of young NBA stars who will train with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the other 2012 Olympians in July and then form the nucleus of future national teams. Cousins wanted more. He wanted to be on the Olympic team now. ‘We’re going to add another one or two players to our (finalist) list,’ Colangelo said Tuesday from Las Vegas. ‘Cousins will not be one of them. But we’ve been told he is very interested in playing with the Select team, and that will get him in the cycle for (future) teams.’ After everything that has transpired in Cousins’ brief but eventful NBA career, just being included in the Team USA conversation is a coup. Cousins should forget about Kings and Queens and the London Bridge, and concern himself with dominating the training sessions in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. ‘Statistically, you can easily make the argument that DeMarcus is in the group of the top 20 players already,’ said John Greig, Cousins’ agent. ‘But it’s so easy to pencil him in, saying this is who he is. I do think the (perception) is changing, though.’ Greig’s right. It is. And if injuries continue crippling the 2012 squad? U.S. centers are precious and few, and very few are as gifted or as physical or durable as Cousins. With Dwight Howard unavailable because of a back injury, the finalists list includes one true center – Tyson Chandler. Andrew Bynum isn’t interested. So never say never.”

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  • Buffdaddy

    Get the fuc* out of here, Cousins. He needs some maturing to do if he thinks he can play for the squad.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Make it happen Colangelo!

  • MELO

    Colangelo is the same guy who wouldn’t let Iverson try out after his 33/7 season just because he didn’t like him. If Derrick can start wearing sweaters and polo shirts and glasses he may get that tryout tho…

  • 602Shorty

    The real question for that team is who is legitimately going to back up Chandler?

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    SWAG. I am alllllll for this. Demarcus Cousins is a young beast.

  • Dma

    Greg oden will be wearing that Olympic uniform before cousins.

    Unibrow will back up chandler. That’s how thin it is. Or thick depending on how punny you are.

  • everything

    yeah give him a chance. itll be good for him as a player and for hoop fans to see his potential when grouped with elite players that are dedicated to the game of basketball.

  • Bawse

    Cousins isnt really a Olympic type player. He isnt a game changer or a Olympian. His team was terrible and he has a terrible attitude. NOT A WINNER.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Demarcus just needs to pull a Michael Redd move — drive over the Colangelo’s office, change into a suit and tie and lobby hard for the job. He’s got a the talent, but the Olympic committee wants to see him be a clean cut professional. Act the part, be the part, Demarcus!

  • Moxabanshi

    I don’t think it’s the suit or tie thing. The boy’s an international incident waiting to happen.

  • Dan

    You guys clearly have no idea about DeMarcus Cousins, and have not watched or followed the Kings at all this year lol.

    The team’s been a train-wreck filled with coaching changes and perimeter ballhogs yet he still averages 18/11 with no complaining. His attitude hasn’t been detrimental to the team at all and the whole Westphal thing was spun to put the blame on Cousins.

    He’s the 3rd best US Center in the NBA (Marc Gasol would be above him but he’s not American) and should definitely be on the team.