Sacramento Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof (left) visit with their center DeMarcus Cousins who worked out with Team USA in Las Vegas on Friday. (PHOTO: SEAN CUNNINGHAM)
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins took part in workouts against Team USA as a member of the U.S. Select Team in Las Vegas on Friday. (PHOTO: MICHAEL KENNEDY)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DeMarcus Cousins' first Team USA experience was an eventful one.
"Yeah, he was fouling the (expletive) out of everybody," said Carmelo Anthony, following Friday's first day at UNLV.
One of the fouls committed by the 21-year-old Sacramento Kings center was an elbow to the face of Andre Iguodala.
"I knew it was going to be physical, but not this physical; it's almost a fight out there," Cousins said.
Cousins is a member of the U.S. Select Team which will practice against Team USA in preparations for the Olympics in London next month. His odds of making the team are almost non-existent at this point, but that doesn't discourage the Kings young, budding star.
"The atmosphere is crazy, it's very competitive and I'm just enjoying the whole experience." said Cousins. "You won't get this good of a run anywhere else."
Kobe Bryant is among Cousins' biggest supporters and believes he could provide the team with much needed physicality in international play.
"European basketball is extremely physical," Bryant said. "He brings a physicality to the game that really changes the energy of the game. He's not afraid to make contact, he's not afraid to upset guys and kind of make the game uncomfortable."
Bryant said because of Cousins size and that physicality - and his ability to shoot, he'd love to have Cousins on the team in the London games.
Bryant said he's shared his thoughts with Team USA chairman Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
"It would be an incredible honor, who wouldn't want to play for USA?" Cousins remarked. "If I get my name called, I gladly accept, if not, I'm still going to enjoy the experience."
The 12-man Olympic team will be announced on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas. Sacramento Kings public address announcer Scott Moak will emcee the event.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net