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USA Basketball invites player who ‘fouled the s—’ out everyone last time to minicamp

Jun 4, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

As part of the USA Select Team in 2012, DeMarcus Cousins didn’t exactly impress.

Carmelo Anthony said Cousins “fouled the s— outta everyone,” and USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said Cousins “has a lot of growing up to do.” Even Coach Mike Krzyzewski, who offered the most optimistic take on Cousins, said “His time here, playing in this culture and against these guys, sometimes can have a positive change for the players participating.”

Apparently, Cousins had enough positive change. Marc J. Spears of 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 is young, big and very talented, and that will get him many chances. But I don’t necessarily buy that the past is buried, especially considering a lot of debate was required to net Cousins an invite to the July camp. He’ll likely have a short leash before he’s dropped from Olympic consideration, but if he can keep his nose clean, Cousins deserves a chance to prove he’s good enough for the National Team.

  1. skids003 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    He can’t keep his nose clean, he’ll lose it. Ticking time bomb.

  2. fanofthegame79 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    After the way Roy Hibbert played in these playoffs, I would hope he gets an invite.

  3. rickyspanish - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I thought Hibbert plays for the Jamaican team? Can you switch?

  4. Sideline Mob - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    It’s funny when superstars complain about other guys fouling them hard. DeMarcus Cousins is just getting called out for doing the same stuff that these guys get away with constantly.

  5. provguard - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    On the world stage, I sure hope Cousins isn’t the player we have been watching the last couple years. This may be basketball, but the integrity of a whole country is on display…

  6. money2long - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    fun break from basketball. in a fight, who wins:
    thumbs up for cousins
    thumbs down for rasheed wallace

    • sasquash20 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      Sheed is from North Philly, very bad, tough part of the city. Sheed would destroy Cousins

  7. louhudson23 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    If it turns out badly,Cousins can blame USA Basketball for inviting him back in the first place….

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