Finally, Jackson will turn his attention to building a supporting cast and one former Knick emerging as a viable option is Jamal Crawford, the NBA’s only three-time Sixth Man of Year.
August 28, 2016 | 7:59 am EDT Update
Cousins, who turned 26 during the Rio Games, wants to return to Team USA. “I’m open to [coming back for Tokyo 2020]. I’ll be older then, so it depends on how my body feels. As of right now, where I’m at, absolutely, I’m open to it,” he said. “I think people don’t understand [how hard this winning is]. They see the guys on the roster and they think automatically, they’re supposed to win. This [international game] isn’t our game. This isn’t the way we play. This is an adjustment for every guy on the roster.
Lowe also inquired about the fourth-year head coach’s relationship with Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who flew into Sacramento to meet Joerger following his introductory press conference. “We’ve had a good beginning to our relationship, a good start this summer. I think the Olympic experience is only going to help him.”
Divac has maintained that Cousins will be a fixture with Sacramento after a tumultuous season that led to the firing of coach George Karl. Has the Olympic experience helped Cousins mature? Divac is banking on that. “[The Olympics] helps international guys but it also helps NBA guys,” Divac said. “You see a different part of basketball. They can pick up some tricks. That’s how I look at it. When I used to play, I loved playing international because it’s more freedom and more ability to improve.”
According to Italian newspaper La PreAlpina, American point-guard Sebastian Telfair is in talks with Cedevita Zagreb, forcing Italian side Pallacanestro Cantù, that has shown strong interest in the player, to look at other options, including Zabian Dowdell, who played for Zenit last season.
Three-time gold medalist and four-time Olympian Carmelo Anthony is one of five candidates for the USOC Male Athlete of the Olympic Games. Anthony averaged 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in eight games. Track and field’s Matthew Centrowitz, BMX cycler Connor Fields, wrestling’s Kyle Snyder, and swimming’s Michael Phelps are the other candidates
Joerger is regarded as an excellent tactician even among those associated with his former organization. Asked his thoughts about losing his job despite a 147-99 (.598) record and playoff appearances in all three seasons in Memphis, he nodded briefly. “Why did they want to go in a different direction?” he responded. “Good question. It was a tough year. We had nine point guards. It was exhausting, as well. Our guys fought like crazy. I don’t know. I hope that people think, ‘He’s one of the nicest people.’ Now, do I have a minor-league mindset of working your tail off and doing every single thing you can? I’m not a wild gambler, but I’m definitely not afraid to take risks.”