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Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 10:35 am  |  40 responses

Jerry Colangelo Says DeMarcus Cousins Needs to Grow Up to Make Team USA


DeMarcus Cousins’ dream of making the Olympic team didn’t come true, and USA Basketball head honcho Jerry Colangelo blames some of that on Cousins’ maturity level. From USA Today: “Cousins might have been an Olympian in his own mind at one time. Cousins, a talented player still working on his attitude and demeanor, is not yet close, according to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. ‘He needs to mature as a person (and) as a player if he’s going to have an outstanding NBA career,’ Colangelo said. In May, Cousins told the Sacramento Bee: ‘I feel like if I did go play for the Select Team, I probably would get a spot (on the Olympic team). Honestly … but we’ll see.’ That didn’t happen when Colangelo announced the 12-man Olympic roster Saturday. If Cousins doesn’t change, he won’t be on the 2014 world championship team either. ‘Before there’s discussion about him being part of our program, he has a lot of building to do. … He has a lot of growing up to do,’ Colangelo said.”

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  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Ouch.

  • Reggie06

    Right, hes a cocky ass bitch thinks gees better than shaq and he is freaking only one who would take coach suit and put it on i mean no one would do that, smh kentucky

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/10/the-sad-case-of-adam-morrison/ vantot fresnedee

    if he takes this as constructive criticism, it will be all good.
    the problem with immature people is they always think that they’re being attacked personally.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Street

    Jerry C be wildin’ . . .

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    What is Colangelo’s comment based off tho? Did he do something during the trials? I feel like he took a step in the right direction this year in terms of his attitude.

  • Patrick

    Why do so many people rag on Cousins for being immature? Has the guy done stuff to deserve this?

  • Allenp

    Because Kobe, Melo and Westbrook have been models of maturity throughout their careers.

  • 23

    Your a fool if your gonna compare cousins to Kobe in any way. Kobe has had off and on the court issues, but he has led his team to 2 nba championships, 3 finals appearances in a row. Kobe is at the EHS of a legendary career, cousins is barely getting his feet wet. There is no comparison.

  • http://www.crappyrappers.com Simon Caine

    ^Add Wade, CP3 and Lebron too.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    cosign allen and simone. plus cousins didn’t even do that much this year. plus by many accounts he was dominating the camps. I think the real issue is that his game doesn’t quite fit the international style of play. He’s terrible at the high pick and roll for example

  • Lan

    you need to meet the standards.

  • chris

    So 18 and 11 in your second yr in the league sounds pretty decent to me. He has to mature and respect the players by not fouling them? What the hell does this mean- just let the all stars score because of what they have done in the league? When team usa struggles playing spain or any big man over 250 pounds, they might wanna tell jerry colangelo in the next run to use this guy.

  • pposse

    cousins shoudl sue colangelo for defamation..show him how mature he can be! wtf for anyone to call a professional immature is kind of a low blow in my book.

  • bbogg

    i do hope AD is the alternate casue if TC goes down we are very small.like the team but can love or blake play center for us??

  • don the GSW fan

    well for one, cousins fought with one of his teammates last year. i don’t think a short olympic competition can’t afford that in the locker room

  • Travis

    The guy is immature. Slamming guys, making threats in the newspapers, his lack of work ethic from Kings management, getting his coach fired at the start of the year. If he doesn’t grow up, he will be a talents player who played on 8 different teams over his career.

  • Allenp

    Cousins might be the hardest worker on that team. You try getting shots on a team full of checkers and see how it impacts your mood.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Speaking of immaturity, whatever happened to Patrick Patterson?

  • Mike F

    I understand that Cousins has a slight attitude, but Colangelo is going hard, a couple of those players (Bryant, Anthony) have attitudes as well. I don’t see the point for harsh direct comments to the media concerning a player that is still developing. That is something that should be reserved for a personal conversation between both parties, whether it be in person or via phone call.

  • http://www.crappyrappers.com Simon Caine

    Seriously. He has Marcus Thornton shooting it every time he gets his mits on the ball and Tyreke euro-stepping into the lane every time he gets it. It’s a free-for-all. They need a coach who will tighten the reins and they have to get rid of ‘Reke or Marcus Thornton.

  • http://www.crappyrappers.com Simon Caine

    Marcus Thornton shoots like he has a quota to meet every game, lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Lucky dwight got hurt then……………

  • wixursss

    Jerry C is a poor judge of character. He was wrong not to let Allen Iverson try out for the 06-08 teams. Nobody played harder in 2004 than Iverson

  • drock

    What jerry said is messed up but unfortunantly it’s true…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    playing hard and winning are different. iverson didnt translate to the international game, no guard without range does.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Tony Parker^

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    yes you are right. Parker finishes at the rim a lot better than Iverson (or anyone in the world) and had the ball all-game every game. But you’re right, Parker is the exception.

  • http://foxnews Frank

    Jerry and Coach K are right about Cousins growing up but it is a fact that Coach K would never select anyone that played for Kentucky. Team USA is stacked with great players that could win with Barney Fiffe coaching. Coach K and Jerry need to let younger coaches take over team USA.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Iverson wasn’t the problem on that team. It was the Richard Jefferson and Shawn Marions of the world that were the problem. Iverson is a decent enough shooter, or was a decent enough shooter. But that team was really, REALLY light on superstar talent. After Iverson and Duncan the dropoff was crazy as far as talent.

  • pposse

    AllenP wasn’t Lebron on that team and dwade??! Lebron was coming off the bench for that team.

  • pposse

    Carmello was on that team too, i think

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Iverson wasn’t the problem, but he was hardly a solution. He put up like 13PPG with 2.5APG in 30 minutes. He wasn’t a very effective international player.

  • bike

    He’s right. Being overseas, sometimes rough international play, and being surrounded with superstars is no environment for someone like Cousins.

  • pposse

    the problem was Larry Brown

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    The best jumpshooter on that Olympic team was RJ. That says a lot. And Bron and Melo were barely good enough to get off the bench.

  • pposse

    but d wade started on that team? There was never a point in RJ’s career where he was the better option than Lebron. I thought Larry Brown was heavily critisized for the way he distributed the minutes in that Olympics??

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    pposse
    Bron and Melo got no tick. Wade got some.
    Larry Brown refused to play four of his best players because they were rookies and he didn’t think they should be on the team. And the USA paid for it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Whatever happened to the Greek bigman, baby Shaq who massacred them on the high pick and roll. Clippers held his rights for a while. He was a Big Baby who didn’t jack jumpers all game long and could finish in traffic with contact. Surprised the Raps didn’t draft him like they do with pretty much any project Euro big.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He kept getting fatter. And worse.
    Also, I think it’s wild that Colangelo made these comments while Cousins was with the Select team and then wouldn’t explain what he meant to Cousins when Cousins asked. I also think this is backlash because of the Westphal situation.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Sofoklis Schortsanitis. He was da sheet.
    He was like Tractor Traylor not on a diet.

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