The FIBA World Cup is going to take place next month and Team USA is trying to hammer down a solid roster of talent to take to Spain with them in order to win the tournament.
That’s easier said than done though, as the Americans are already without some of their biggest names as the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin — among plenty of others — will not be participating in the World Cup this year.
What this has done is open up the opportunity for other players to get a big shot at making the World Cup roster and one of those players is Sacramento Kings star center Demarcus Cousins. According to Ailene Voisin from the Sacramento Bee, the Kings center is not only determined to make the Team USA roster but is obsessed with doing so.
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.
It’s going to be a big year for Cousins this year as he can breakthrough and become the star he needs to be, but making the Team USA World Cup roster and becoming a star for the national team could go a long way in not only helping Cousins career but bring awareness to the lowly Sacramento Kings as well.
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