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August 28, 2016 | 7:59 am EDT Update

DeMarcus Cousins to play with Team USA in Tokyo 2020?

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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.
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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.”
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.”
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