/ Sep 1, 2014 / 6:15 pm
It’s easy for fans to malign DeMarcus Cousins. His behavior on the court can be equal parts brilliant and cringe-worthy — of the latter, when he goes out of his way to antagonize a referee he feels hasn’t been fair. But when Cousins recently told NBA.com, “I am a role model, absolutely,” he wasn’t being ironic. The boy from Mobile, Alabama has grown into one of the more dominant big men in the NBA and after making Team USA this summer, following two exasperating tryouts in the last two years, the sky’s the limit — just don’t tell the fans still gulping the Boogie haterade in a 42 oz. Slurpee cup. Read More »
Before Team USA trimmed its roster down to the final 12 last weekend, there was a lot of speculation on whether DeMarcus Cousins would make the team, as head coach Mike Krzyzewski appeared to be favoring Mason Plumlee as a secondary big man. Turns out, both players made the team, and now Cousins has been formally named the back-up center heading into the FIBA World Cup.
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This iteration of Team USA is built far differently than those of the recent past. Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s most notable squads – the 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams – put premiums on speed, athleticism, and skill more than anything else, a strategy made most evident by NBA wings like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony playing nominal power forward next to a traditional center. USA Basketball’s 2010 FIBA World Championships group was constructed in that same vein – the only full-time big man Krzyzewski took to Turkey four years ago was Tyson Chandler. Read More »
DeMarcus Cousins (photo. NBA Instagram)
USA Basketball members and Golden State Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson comprise the NBA’s most proficient shooting backcourt. After the sharp-shooters set a record for combined three-pointers made by a tandem in 2012-2013 and led Golden State to a surprising playoff appearance, they earned the moniker “Splash Brothers.” Read More »
A refreshingly large number of NBA teams have upped their Twitter ante recently, adding photoshops, memes, and general engagement to common posts of team updates and franchise promotions. Many killed it earlier this summer with #NBASitcoms, an amusing exercise in combining the names of players and beloved television shows. It’s seemed inevitable in the interim that #NBAMovies was soon to follow, and today teams finally made good on that certainty. Read More »
The good: The injury suffered by DeMarcus Cousins at yesterday’s practice isn’t serious. The bad: Cousins, fighting for a spot on Team USA’s 12-man FIBA roster, won’t play in the United States’ exhibition tomorrow night against Brazil. Read More »
Before Mike Krzyzewski took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge with the help of his grandkids, Coach K called-out members of Team USA to do the same. Just a few days later, Steph Curry and five of his teammates have already taken Krzyzewski up on his offer. Read More »
During a USA Basketball scrimmage in practice today, Kings power forward and FIBA World Cup hopeful DeMarcus Cousins, went down with a right knee injury. While the extent of the damage isn’t yet known — he’ll have what USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo called a “precautionary” MRI — he didn’t appear to be in a lot of pain. Teammate and recent USA Basketball invitee, Rudy Gay hopes Boogie was “just being a drama queen.” Read More »
The withdrawals of presumptive Team USA locks Kevin Love and Blake Griffin from the 2014 FIBA World Cup were one thing. Coach Mike Krzyzewski has always preferred to utilize a nominal, athletic power forward in the Carmelo Anthony mold as opposed to more traditional big men alongside a true center, which is why the absences of Paul George and Kevin Durant loom so large. USA Basketball’s best available options to play that crucial role are gone, and the country’s most logical if less optimal replacements – Love and Griffin – never came. Read More »
/ Aug 12, 2014 / 9:30 am
Yesterday, Shaquille O’Neal was at Rucker Park to promote the re-release of the Reebok Shaq Attaq IV and to act as a celebrity coach for the 2014 EBC Rucker Park All-Stars. In a wide-ranging interview, Shaq discussed his role as minority owner of the Sacramento Kings, DeMarcus Cousins, how he thinks the Knicks will do with the triangle offense and more.
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