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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

July 28, 2014 Updates

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs. However, doctors advised him to sit out of international competition this summer for precautionary reasons. Griffin has continued to workout this summer in Los Angeles with teammate DeAndre Jordan and former Laker and Clipper Sasha Vujacic. ESPN.com

What is your reaction to Kevin Love and Blake Griffin deciding not to play just days before training camp? Krzyzewski: "We've done this for nine years now. These things, I've got accustomed to them happening. That's why there is a pool of players. That's why with [USA Basketball executive director] Jerry's [Colangelo] leadership we developed a program where you just don't pick 12 players, you develop a program. We're disappointed, obviously. …You're getting into the last week. It's the last weekend. And both of those guys figured prominently into what we were planning then. But now we have to plan something new. In 2010, we had nobody from the [2008] Olympic team go to the world championship. It gave an opportunity to some younger guys and some older guys. Lamar Odom was brilliant during that time. We just have to figure out how other people will step up." Yahoo! Sports

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