Derrick Rose, James Harden (photo. FIBA Vine)
Among the things we loved most about the World Cup were the unique replays and camera angles offered by the FIBA broadcast team. We were privy to awesome views of the games in Spain to which we simply aren’t accustomed from NBA action, and it made the rare August-September basketball even better than we were anticipating. Though Team USA took down upstart Serbia in the gold medal game yesterday and officially ended the tournament in the process, the FIBA experience was far from over for fans. Read More »
While he didn’t make a move like he was about to pummel him, DeMarcus Cousins mistakenly instigated a brief kerfuffle in the third quarter in the gold medal game today. It quickly dissipated as everyone just cooled out before USA Basketball concluded their unimpeded stampede towards gold. Read More »
After France’s upset win over tournament favorite Spain Thursday, Team USA’s path to FIBA World Cup gold has never looked brighter. But as Spain’s stunning loss reminds us, there’s a reason these games are decided on the court. Read More »
The USA cruised past Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup semifinals yesterday, 96-68, and it got a little feisty after the game concluded. Before Coach K did his Van Gundy impression, though, DeMarcus Cousins came very close to slugging Lithuanian and Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas and undoing all the good will he’s engendered during his first international tournament. Read More »
We thought the potential for on-court drama involving Team USA in the FIBA World Cup mostly died after France stunned the basketball world by beating host nation and American rival Spain in the quarterfinals yesterday. Well, we were at least sort of right. As the clock ticked to zeros in the United States’ ho-hum semifinal win over Lithuania today, a minor fracas involving several opposing players broke out on the floor. The keeper of peace? You guessed it – Team USA coach and Army man Mike Krzyzewski. Read More »
After intended frontcourt stalwarts Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, and LaMarcus Aldridge opted against playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, the Americans’ biggest strength became its litany of super-talented guards. Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry, Derrick Rose, and James Harden are all franchise cornerstones when healthy, capable of directing and creating offense like only a select few players in the world. Read More »
Yesterday, we told you about how DeMarcus Cousins gave a perfect response to a reporter who asked him about European geography. It turns out, Boogie has a long history of answering questions with a question. Let us explain.
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DeMarcus Cousins has a reputation for being a very volatile personality on the court. He’s also apparently not in the mood for too much banter with reporters either. Cousins was asked by a European journalist today whether he knows where Slovenia is. He provided a very direct and witty response to the question.
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Given DeMarcus Cousins’ dominance at the FIBA World Cup, it’s hard to believe many assumed he was in danger of being cut from Team USA. And according to coach Mike Krzyzewski, that prevailing notion was always erroneous. Read More »
/ 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 »