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DeMarcus Cousins ‘would be crushed’ if he didn’t make Team USA

DeMarcus CousinsDeMarcus Cousins is in his third year playing with USA Basketball, and the Sacramento Kings big man says he “would be crushed” if he didn’t make Team USA this time.

Cousins is competing with Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee for a spot on the team as one of the big men. The competition seems to be open, though some reports say Coach K favors his former player — Plumlee — over the other two.

The Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin asked Cousins about that during a long Q&A with the Kings star:

Have you heard anything about your chances?

Nothing. They don’t really tell us much. I saw Coach K in the elevator, but we just chatted.

How disappointed would you be if you don’t make the team?

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.

It would definitely come as a shock if Plumlee made the team over Cousins, but there could be a few reasons for that. Coach K might like his former college player because of his familiarity with the defensive schemes, and there have been reports about Cousins not working hard enough or sometimes slacking in transition/defense, which is a big no-no for Coach K.

At least Cousins does have a positive attitude about coming back to try making the team again. He also has a good attitude about improving his game. Here’s what he told Voisin about what USA Basketball wants to see him improve.

“Well, I need to be a better leader, which I’m not,” Cousins told The Bee. “I know I need to work on my defense. I’m not out there trying to let a guy score on me, but I have to get it (schemes) down pat. I need to be as smart on defense as I am on offense, learn to understand defense as well as offense. And I want to be that complete player.”

Boogie was one of the top big men in the NBA last year, so it would be a surprise if he didn’t make Team USA. But he does have areas to improve and at least seems driven to get better. This could benefit him in the long term.

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DeMarcus Cousins, aka Boogie Smooth, has an R&B album coming out

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DeMarcus Cousins has all this emotion built up inside him. The Sacramento Kings big man has been known to flip out on referees and refuse to shake opponents’ hands, so you have to wonder if he could benefit from some type of therapy. What better way to blow off steam than to make some music?

Cousins — I’m sorry, Boogie Smooth — announced on Sunday that he will soon be releasing an R&B album. The lead single on the album is called “Emotional” and it features Chance the Rapper, who appears to be a legitimate artist with nearly 300,000 Instagram followers. There is also a rumor that there will be a bonus track called “Big Fellas” that features Rick Ross.

You know how people say if it seems too good to be true then it probably is? As long as this isn’t some sort of elaborate joke from Cousins, there’s no way that phrase applies in this situation. An album from Boogie Smooth that features a track called “Emotional” truly is too good to be true.

UPDATE: Well, my day is officially ruined. The Kings claim this was just a hoax from Cousins. I’m still praying thats a smokescreen.

DeMarcus Cousins flips out on referee during ejection (Video)

DeMarcus Cousins has done it again.

Cousins was ejected from Tuesday’s Houston Rockets-Sacramento Kings game during the third quarter after blowing up on referee Courtney Kirkland. Cousins was upset about being called for a foul on Dwight Howard. He then received a technical foul after complaining while Howard was at the line.

Kings coach Michael Malone went in to argue with Kirkland, and Cousins jolted up from his seat on the bench and blew up on Kirkland. Boogie had to be restrained by Sacramento’s coaches but could be seen dropping a massive f-bomb on the ref.

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He received a second technical foul for his outburst, which dictated an automatic ejection.

Cousins now has a league-leading 15 technical fouls on the season. One more will trigger an automatic 1-game suspension. Does any of this surprise you?

Video via @cjzero

DeMarcus Cousins does not seem pleased about Anthony Davis being chosen as All-Star

Anthony-Davis-HornetsAnthony Davis was named to the Western Conference All-Star team on Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant. The Pelicans star is having a phenomenal sophomore season and the game is being held in New Orleans, so he seemed like an obvious choice.

Davis is averaging a double-double with 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season. He also leads the NBA with 3.3 blocks per game. As Ball Don’t Lie pointed out, fans voted Davis seventh among front court players in the West. Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge were chosen as reserves by the coaches ahead of Davis.

Another candidate to fill the roster spot would have been Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who is averaging 22.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. He tweeted the following when it was announced that Davis had made the team.

Cousins is probably right. His stats are certainly comparable to Davis’, but Davis doesn’t make headlines for not allowing his teammates to shake opponents’ hands. Couple that with the fact that the game is in New Orleans this year and it is no surprise that the higher-ups chose the hometown hero.

DeMarcus Cousins on Mike Dunleavy: ‘He’s a clown, and he’s scared’

DeMarcus-CousinsSacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has a problem with Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy that dates back to last season. When Dunleavy was playing with the Milwaukee Bucks, Cousins was ejected for elbowing him in the head. The two both picked up technicals before the ejection while fighting for position. The bad blood apparently still exists.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Dunleavy pushed past Cousins at one point during the Kings’ win over the Bulls on Monday night as he was running down the court. Dunleavy also complained to the officials on one play that Cousins was intentionally trying to hurt him. After the game, a reporter asked Cousins if he would be sending Dunleavy a Christmas card.

“He’s a clown, and he’s scared,” Cousins said. “I wouldn’t even waste my time on him if I ever saw him outside of the gym. He’s a clown.”

Cousins also admitted that it was a challenge to keep his cool during what he described as a “physical game.” As we already saw earlier, Joakim Noah completely lost his cool and was ejected. Dunleavy isn’t the first player Cousins has had a problem with, and I’m sure he won’t be the last.

H/T The Point Forward

DeMarcus Cousins on Chris Paul: ‘I don’t respect a cheater’

DeMarcus-Cousins-Team-USADeMarcus Cousins does not like Chris Paul. We realized that earlier this year when Cousins refused to let teammate Isaiah Thomas shake Paul’s hand after the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Sacramento Kings. What we don’t really understand is why Cousins holds so much animosity toward CP3.

In a recent feature written by Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams, Cousins explained himself — sort of.

“It’s just, some players I don’t respect,” Cousins said when asked about Paul. “Just their playing style of basketball. I don’t respect it. I feel like it’s basically cheating and I don’t respect a cheater. If that’s your tactic to winning, I don’t respect you.”

While Cousins (or Abrams) did not go into specifics, he may have been referring to Paul’s tendency to flop for calls. CP3 brought us one of the most pathetic flop attempts of the season last year, and he was trying to draw a foul on Cousins when he did it.

Thomas also gave his account of the incident that took place earlier this season.

“It was [him being competitive],” Thomas said. “At the same time, I told him, ‘Everyone looks at everything that you do. So they may take it a different way than what you were trying to do. You’re mad we lost. You don’t want to shake hands with them, but you didn’t have to pull me away to make it something that it wasn’t.'”

Cousins was obviously mad about more than just losing the game, especially if he feels that Paul is a “cheater.” That said, he also snubbed JJ Redick when Redick tried to shake his hand in another game. Incidents like that explain why people never give the former Kentucky standout the benefit of the doubt.

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DeMarcus Cousins takes shot at Derrick Rose when asked about injury

DeMarcus-Cousins-Team-USASacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins sat out Tuesday night’s 97-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder while nursing an ankle injury. Derrick Rose had absolutely nothing to do with it, but that didn’t stop Cousins from taking a veiled swipe at the Chicago Bulls guard.

A reporter asked Cousins after the game if he would be ready to return when the Kings take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. He joked that he would be shutting it down for the season. And it would be tough to argue that he wasn’t taking a shot at D-Rose.

As most of you know, Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 season as he recovered from reconstructive knee surgery. While all that was going on, Adidas was running a comeback campaign to continue turning a profit. He did not return until this season, when he suffered yet another knee injury that required season-ending surgery.

Cousins, who has been on a no-handshake rampage early on this season, seems to be in a particularly sour mood lately.

H/T Rotoworld