This is the look of a man who heard he could be cut from Team USA in favor of Mason Plumlee.
Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins’ journey to NBA stardom has been one with a lot of bumps on the road, but it’s one he’s made it through and is now on the cusp of becoming a truly ‘elite’ player in the world’s greatest basketball league.
The former Kentucky wildcats star is awaiting word on whether or not he’ll make the final cut for the Team USA roster that will participate in the 2014 FIBA Tournament. Many players look at making Team USA as a nice opportunity to play competitive basketball while dawning the USA stripes.
Not Cousins. It means the world to him to make the cut, and not making it would be devastating. That’s what he told Ailene Voisin in an interview for the Sacramento Bee.
I would be crushed. Everyone knows how much I want to do this. This is my third year here (two with Select Team), and I don’t run from any challenge. I would be crushed, but I’m not a quitter. I would come back and try again.
In that same interview, Voisin reported that the reports of Cousins being cut in favor of Plumlee weren’t true, and Cousins could still make the roster.
My sources suggested that the competition among Cousins, Drummond and Plumlee remained wide open and that Friday’s scrimmage and ensuing exhibitions would be crucial.
Cousins had a good showing in the final scrimmage held on Friday night, but that was overshadowed by Paul George’s horrific injury, which ultimately delayed the process in which the final rosters will be announced. A final cutdown is not expected for a few weeks, leaving Cousins to sit and wait anxiously to hear if he’s made the cut.
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