Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. (Photo: US Presswire)
LAS VEGAS, NV - A day after clearing the air with Team USA Men's Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, DeMarcus Cousins was finally able to let loose and get back to basketball.
And what a difference a day makes.
The Sacramento Kings center led his US Select Team to their first victory over Team USA since camp opened last Friday.
"It hasn't happened yet, so we're pretty excited," Cousins said after the scrimmage. "We just outplayed them."
As for Colangelo, he was looking to move beyond the weekend's drama surrounding his comments on the maturity of Cousins. He did, however take a moment to discuss the conversation he had with the 21-year-old on Monday.
"We had a discussion and he asked me specifically, and I tried to be responsive and told him as far as I was concerned, just bury it," Colangelo told News10 today. "It's a non-issue and hopefully that's the end of it...Everyone ought to drop it and let it go."
Colangelo even praised Cousins for the progress he's made in his performance, demeanor and conduct since the opening day of Team USA workouts last Friday.
In a lengthy chat following Tuesday's Team USA scrimmage, Cousins addressed many topics. From Team USA, to an Alaska fishing trip, to his own Kings team, he provided many moments of note. Below is a list of Kings subjects discussed.
- He is excited about the upcoming re-signing of power forward Jason Thompson, who is expected to sign a five year deal, believed to be worth $34 million, to remain a King.
- "I want Terrence Williams back," Cousins said with strong emphasis. The unrestricted free agent joined the Kings and was not given a qualifying offer from Sacramento. Williams joined the Kings in March, received a 10-day contract before signing to remain with the team for the rest of the season. Through 18 games played, Williams athleticism and passing ability earned him consistent minutes from a Kings team who was very inconsistent at the small forward position.
Cousins said Williams was one of his "dogs"- someone he relied upon to go to battle with.
- He plans to be apart of the volunteer team workouts that Kings guard Isaiah Thomas is organizing in Sacramento. Cousins said it would be important to build chemistry with his young Kings team.
- Isaiah Thomas not playing on the Kings summer league team will not be an issue. "You saw Isaiah's game, He's an older rookie...him not playing won't hurt him."
- Cousins calls Sacramento his home, when asked why he chose to remain in town during the summer. He said he's comfortable in Sacramento and feels he needs to be around the practice facility to get better as a professional player.
- On Jimmer Fredette heading into his second year with the Kings..."For Jimmer, I want him to get stronger, and just get tougher," said Cousins. "I feel like he doesn't know when to shoot yet."
- Cousins is also looking forward to seeing the Kings summer league team and laughed, and mocked at the idea of assistant coach Bobby Jackson as an official during this week's camp in Sacramento.
Kings summer league begins this Friday in Las Vegas at UNLV's Thomas and Mack Center.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net