HoopsHype DeMarcus Cousins rumors

August 14, 2014 Updates
August 5, 2014 Updates

Selected USA World Cup Team finalists were DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Curry; Davis; DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Durant; Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Harden; Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); Plumlee; Rose; and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). USA Basketball

August 4, 2014 Updates

Without further ado, I present 2015 Mock Draft 1.0, Summer Forecast edition. DeMarcus Cousins: I love what we’re doing. Love what we’re doing. Pete (D’Alessandro), he’s real aggressive, going after stuff, trying for players we probably have no chance at getting. One of these times we’re going to get lucky, and in the past we wouldn’t do that. Do you know how good that feels? Since Vivek (Ranadive), Pete, Michael (Malone), Mullie (Chris Mullin), Mitch (Richmond) and those guys walked through the damn door, things have been on the rise. I am totally behind it. Michael is like me; he sees everything in black and white. I love the fact Pete keeps trying stuff. I am totally behind all this. Rudy, the Collison move, thinking Omri (Casspi) can stretch the floor. And the rookie, that kid Stauskas can really play. He makes the game easy and has an impact even when he’s not scoring. I am so happy to be a part of this, of what we’re doing. Sacramento Bee

USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski immediately noticed the drive from Cousins in the first day of camp, in both his desire and his conditioning. "He continues to get better and we love the fact that he's committed," Krzyzewski said. "He's trimmed down and he's trying like crazy." news10.net

August 3, 2014 Updates

Q: How disappointed would you be if you don’t make the team? DeMarcus Cousins: 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. Sacramento Bee

August 2, 2014 Updates

Cousins, among those standing mere feet away, gripped a towel and nervously stretched it above his head while members of the USA Basketball medical team rushed over to tend to the stricken George. Hisparents came down from the stands and offered comfort. Players approached and observed, a few quickly turning away. After an approximately 15-minute delay, Krzyzewski addressed the crowd, thanked the fans and canceled the scrimmage. Later, USA officials declined to make players available and tabled all roster decisions. Sacramento Bee

July 31, 2014 Updates

Brian Windhorst: 2 things from Team USA: post practice games between Durant/Harden/George are epic; Mason Plumlee likely to make team over DeMarcus Cousins Twitter @WindhorstESPN

July 30, 2014 Updates

DeMarcus Cousins is a beast, but ultimately, the staff has to be able to trust him, both in regard to dealing with officials and in making decisions with the ball. During a scrimmage on Tuesday, Cousins punched a wall pad out of frustration as the ball went the other way in transition. It was something that would go mostly unnoticed in an NBA game, but that stuff registers with the staff. He has great skills, but USA bigs don’t need to play one-on-one. NBA.com

July 29, 2014 Updates

“I had a personal conversation with DeMarcus (Sunday) afternoon, just to get a read, and also to encourage him,” said Jerry Colangelo, USAB’s longtime executive director. “The opportunity is here. It is. And you know, every time there is adversity, players drop off or get hurt, it opens up for a number of other people. We have a lot of talent, versatility, length. And yet we have to cover ourselves as it relates to bigs. So he’s in good position, and I think he really wants to make this team.” Sacramento Bee

Actually, Cousins is obsessed with making this team. He practiced with the Kings during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, then returned to Los Angeles and resumed his training. Colangelo and Krzyzewksi judged him to be in “pretty good shape” on an opening day that included almost an hour of scrimmaging. Starting on a white-clad squad that featured Stephen Curry, John Wall, Gordon Hayward and Kenneth Faried, Cousins occasionally struggled to run the floor – a historically weak part of his game – but was impressive overall and, for long stretches, was the best player on the court. Sacramento Bee

The Kings starting center has a realistic chance of making this summer’s roster that will represent the U.S. at the FIBA World Championships in Spain next month. As a versatile, skilled big man, Cousins brings unique talent to the table, which puts him in strong consideration for this year’s team. “He’s a traditional big,” fellow USA Basketball teammate Kevin Durant said of Cousins after the first day of practice yesterday afternoon. “But also a guy that can step out and shoot it a little bit, can handle the ball. He’s a bruiser, man.” Cowbell Kingdom

July 26, 2014 Updates
July 18, 2014 Updates

On the B.S. Report, DeMarcus Cousins stopped by to talk about free agency, the ins and outs of Kentucky and whether he has a beef with anyone. Here are some highlights: On Blake Griffin and Chris Paul DeMarcus Cousins: I don't have a problem with Blake. Bill Simmons: Oh, you're one of the guys -- there's a lot of guys who CP kind of bugs them. Cousins: Yeah, I dislike CP a lot. Simmons: CP does a lot of talking. Cousins: I know. Simmons: What if you saw him off the court? You'd be OK with him. No? Cousins: I don't have a problem. ESPN.com

July 16, 2014 Updates

Based on his comments, it doesn’t matter what else the Kings do short of landing a superstar that would make them title contenders. Terry wants no part of Sacramento. “I wouldn’t say it’s rebuilding, but a building process,” Terry said. “DeMarcus Cousins is a huge talent. Attitude, a little shaky. Rudy Gay, not a proven winner in this league but a tremendous talent and a guy you can build around. “They’re in transition right now. For me, at this point in my career, I want championships.” Sacramento Bee

July 14, 2014 Updates

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