Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  9 responses

DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I Can Make’ the Olympic Team

DeMarcus Cousins is on a mission to represent his country at the Olympic Games this summer in London. *Gulp* Reports the Sac Bee: “DeMarcus Cousins believes he can do this. Actually, he believes he will do this: Dominate the competition during Team USA’s training session early next month in Las Vegas. Impress coach Mike Krzyzewski. Defy the odds, overcome the skeptics, and convince USA Basketball czar Jerry Colangelo to slip him a plane ticket to the 2012 London Games. The Beatles? Double-decker buses? The original Tower Bridge? Becoming the first King to meet the queen? ‘I’m not going there (Las Vegas) just to practice,’ Cousins said. ‘I can make that team.’ Cousins’ intentions and bold pronouncements aside, his presence on the final U.S. Olympic roster would be a massive upset, on par with Angola bouncing the United States out of the medal round. His addition to the men’s Select team – the young, emerging NBA stars enlisted to practice against the Olympians from July 5-12 while improving their prospects for future world championship and Olympic teams – was secured only after some impassioned lobbying by Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof. Cousins’ wild and stormy reputation still hurts. USA Basketball officials live in fear of one of their players inciting an international incident. But Cousins, who has matured immensely since his unofficial pro debut two years ago at the Las Vegas Summer League, is working on it. \My main focus is to come back a better leader,’ Cousins said Monday. ‘Learning from the elite guys in this league, who are already leaders on their team, just picking up habits from them.’ With the nucleus of the U.S. roster pretty well set with Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, among others, the only way Cousins gets a serious look is if injuries continue claiming frontcourt stars; Tyson Chandler is the only legitimate center among the finalists. ‘I’ll take the underdog role,’ Cousins insisted.”

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  • Marc

    I seen a couple of his plays he has potential but i think he has to get in better shape. Cause all i seen was highlights lol.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    hopefully they put DMC on the team… homie’s kind of a beast.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    This has to be a typo, I know he can’t REALLY think he’ll make Team USA. Team Great Brittain maybe. If he or Lamar Odom make that team im rooting for Angola. JK.

  • ClydeTheGlide

    How bad must this guys reputation be??? The talent and ambition is there!

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com PutUrMomma2Wrk

    Not with that temper.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    The dude is a free-spirit with a brain that has a major competitive streak. His reputation, while earned, is a bit off, IMO. Two years from now, we will all be saying something like, “can’t believe anyone ever doubted this guy…..”

  • Brad09

    puturmomma2wrk your the kind of guy that would draft Oden over Durant and the type of guy that wants a soft center like kwame brown or dwight howard. people now a day are more interested in media relations than they are in attitude “gimme the ball and get out of the way”. If more people in the NBA had D Cuz attitude, the league would be a far better place. Cats like Dwight Howard going about 50 % and being afraid to fail is getting alittle old. Big ups to Cousins who isnt afraid to say whats really on his mind.

  • http://hoops-nation.com Penny

    He’s the 3rd best American Center in the league… with Bynum and Howard out it should be a no brainer lol.

    I can understand Chandler starting because he’s better defensively but Cousins would be great off the bench. It would also be amazing for his career – we all saw the leaps guys like Love, Rose and Chandler took after they played with Team USA back in 2010.

  • GanjahLuv

    As he puts it all togheter, mental and phyiscal he will be top 3 Center in the L. He has what Bynum does not, HEART.