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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at 3:30 pm  |  12 responses

Team USA Invites DeMarcus Cousins to Mini-Camp


Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has let it be known that he wants to play for USA Basketball, this despite some friction between the organization and the young, hot-headed big man. Chairman Jerry Colangelo is willing to overlook the past, it seems, and has invited Boogie to Team USA’s mini-camp this summer. Per Yahoo! Sports: “After much debate among USA Basketball executives, a source said, Cousins, 22, was extended an invite to take part in the minicamp with a chance to land a spot on Team USA. ‘You bury the past and go forward,’ Colangelo said. ‘He’s invited and he’s definitely on the list. New year, new summer, new opportunity.’ Cousins, who’s played three seasons with the Kings, is one of the NBA’s most gifted big men, with an ability to score inside in a variety of ways, shoot from deep, handle the ball and pass. The 6-foot-11, 270-pounder averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds in 75 games for the Kings last season. Much of his career, however, has been blemished by verbal run-ins with former Kings head coaches Keith Smart and Paul Westphal, teammates, other team personnel and media.”

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  • AMac

    I didn’t realise Team USA needed someone to cuss out Coach K?

  • Sizzle

    This has international incident written all over it

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Good. We need bodies for the World Championships…He can exit after those…don’t need him in the olympics…

  • Mars

    good for them. Finally. This guy gets so much slack, and half of the leagues superstars do the same thing and its cool. Jordan rules are getting old.

  • rkirby

    I would really like the Wizards to trade their pick for Cousins…Only 22 yo?!

  • roscoe

    this is a good opportunity for dcuz to be around winners.

  • p.

    not sure if Ernie Grunfield is smart enough to pull a move like that. :(

  • Max

    Not sure if the Kings are stupid enough to do that.

  • Ugh

    ‘You bury the past and go forward,’ Colangelo said. ‘He’s invited and he’s definitely on the list. We need slow, big men with bad footwork to deal with the European style of game we face in the World Championships.”

  • skeetskeet

    For his size/strength, he’s far from slow. Ever watched him play?

  • mrchi

    Just putting this out there now; THIS. WILL. NOT. END. WELL

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