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Anthony Davis officially in for Team USA. And no Cousins.

Jul 13, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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LAS VEGAS — Before Anthony Davis’ fourth-quarter entrance into Thursday night’s Team USA demolition of the Dominican Republic, LeBron James grabbed him, said a few words hugged him and tried to pump him up.

When Davis drained a three and was fouled on the play for a four-point play, the USA Bench erupted right next top him, with the world’s best players jumping up and down screaming for the No. 1 pick.

It was their way of saying, “welcome to the team, kid.”

We knew how this would turn out last night but it became official on Friday morning. Blake Griffin has a torn meniscus and will have knee surgery in the coming weeks — he has officially withdrawn his name for consideration for the Olympics. Davis has been added to roster in his place.

“Blake is one of the best players in the league,” USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said Thursday night. “Anthony Davis at some time is going to be one of the best players in the league, but Blake is a proven commodity. And if we don’t have him that’s a big loss. He was playing really well for us.”

Davis played only in mop up duty when the USA was up by 40 points on Thursday, and that may be the case throughout. He’s the 12th guy on the bench. We are not going to see a lot of the brow in London.

“Davis is not a key person,” Coach K said of his role. “He played eight minutes tonight and was really good. But for us to be staying with Argentina and Brazil (two of the taller teams in the Olympics) it’s going to be these guys (pointing to Andre Iguodala, who played some four for the USA Thursday).”

Some people, particularly in the Sacramento area, have suggested this should move DeMarcus Cousins into consideration for that last spot on the team. Cousins has played well for the USA Select Team (after a rough first day) and has turned some heads.

And let’s be honest here — right now he is a better player than Davis. Maybe not in a few years, but he is today. He’s bigger, stronger, not with the range of Davis but Cousins can score inside and be a physical beast.

But it’s not happening. Mainly because Cousins was not on the originally submitted USA Roster or the secondary additions of James Harden and Davis (who were added late and that took arm twisting by USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo). There has already been the start of drug testing and other steps for Olympic athletes, to get Cousins added to the roster might require an act of congress. Literally.

Colangelo doesn’t seem willing to go there for the 12th man on the roster.

“What (Cousins has) done is put himself into consideration moving forward…” Colangelo said. “Now we had our roster, and we were going to go with that roster.”

That means Davis is part of the team. The brow is on its way to a gold

  1. slopmcflop - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Hurting for big men (even before the rosters were set) and yet no one gives Greg Monroe a call.

    Guy can straight ball, and his passing skills out of the post would KILL on teams that try to collapse the paint. I think he would be a perfect fit for this team. Not sure what the coaches are seeing differently.

  2. heathater4lifeson - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    No one wants cousins the US- he’s a head case.

  3. hwatt - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    the brow embarks on a very interesting journey. An intensive camp with the best of the best of the league. He is being setup for greatness, hope he follows through on expectations

    • gerryb323 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Worked for Christian Laettner…

      • phaden27 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        I’m no Duke or Kentucky fan but you’re going to draw that comparison between two players with a vastly different game? Lol.

      • gerryb323 - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        Not for nothing, but Laettner was basically everyone’s player of the year coming out of college as well.

      • sdlakerfan - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        Christian Laettner – went through the olympic process, was setup for greatness, and followed through? Really? one all-star appearance = greatness? I like the guy, great college player and that legendary shot against Kentucky but “followed through on greatness” seems like a bit of a stretch…sorry

      • lucky5934 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        Being set up for greatness and following through with it are two different things. I can see the comparison for Laettner and Davis. But just like Laettner, Davis will not achieve greatness. He will be good and have his moments. I just don’t see a great career from him though.

  4. BigBeachBall - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    cousins got bounced off the Olympic team because he injured blake… true or false

  5. explosionsauce - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    He’s probably going to use that time to plan where he wants to go in free agency.

  6. imforbigblue - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Coach rat is a hater talking down about David like that. I bet if it was one of his crappy dUKe players he would been all about him. Tell coach rat grow a set and go coach a team like coach cal not full of the worlds best players and try to win something.

    • badintent - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Duke is Puke, Wake is fake, N.C State ..jail break…………………………………….

      • boilerup1869 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM

        awful posts – both of you.

  7. hdanger10 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Who will have a better year, Davis or LeBron? So much has been made about all LeBron’s awards this year. Davis will get more from college AND the gold too?

    • paleihe - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Lebron. Easy answer.

      Reg season MVP.
      Finals MVP.
      NBA Championship.
      And most like a gold medal.

      Can’t get better than that.

      Unless he saw a unicorn. THAT’D be incredible!

    • slopmcflop - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Comparing collegiate awards to pro awards?

      Obvious troll is obvious.

  8. shockexchange - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Cousins got into a public spat with Paul Westphal just before Westphal was fired as Kings’ coach. It made Cousins look like a hothead and a malcontent. It just so happens that Westphal played for the Phoenix Suns, an organization Colangelo ran for many years. This is prolly payback for how Cousins undermined Westphal. You reap what you sow.

  9. onereasonableman - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I thought he severely sprained his ankle like a week or two ago???

    • slopmcflop - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Turns out it wasn’t as bad as the intitial reports feared. Has been good to go for about a week now.

      • onereasonableman - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Thanks – I must have missed that in all the talk about the Howard trade/no trade/trade/no trade.

  10. truthhurtstoo - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    James Harden has NO business being on this team after his disappearing act during the Finals.

  11. obijuan13 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    So will the Brow get a medal too?

  12. fm31970 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Cousins, it’s all up to you how this plays out. Keep your head down, work hard, and you’ll get your shot in four years.

  13. chicagosworth - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Cousins ? Really ?

  14. florida727 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Wow. What an incredible opportunity/experience this is going to be for Davis. Hope he makes the most of it. Don’t know him personally, but everything about him seems genuine. Comes across as one of the good guys, someone easy to root for. He even laughed at the jokes aimed at him during the ESPYs. Pretty mature for a kid his age.

  15. muhangis - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    As a studier of statistics, Cousins is easily the single most under-rated player in the game. I’m not saying that by being a fan of Cousins, the Kings, or the KU Wildcats. I studied his production per the playing time (minutes) he gets, and he was unbelievably 2nd in the entire league, behind only of course Lebron James. Yes more than Kevin Love and Blake Griffin at his own position, also more productive per minute that Durant, Kobe, Wade, Howard, you name it.

    On top of that he hits a high fg%, one of the top passing big men,low turnover rate, and is an incredibly solid defensive player. It’s unfair to undermine this because of his team’s record, because the Kings had very very little around him (Evans has not improved since a rookie.) Being only 21 last yr, 22 this upcoming year, it is quite an accomplishment of just how good he is! You may not like him, but ppl who say Cousins is not a great player, does not know squat about basketball!

    Besides occasionally getting hot headed with refs, there’s nothing that tells me that Demarcus is a bad guy! Plain and simple, he easily deserves to be on the U.S. team!

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