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REPORT: Anthony Davis Wants to Play in FIBA World Cup

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The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup is now less than 3 months away, and the 12-man roster is beginning to take shape.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported yesterday that former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has given strong indications that he would like to be a part of the team.

Team USA will be coached by San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich with training camp beginning in early August.

James Harden, Donovan Mitchell, and Zion Williamson are also rumored to have interest in playing on the team.

If both Davis, and Williamson decide to play it will be quite the spectacle as they may both be members of the New Orleans Pelicans this season. There’s also a real chance that Davis is traded before we ever get the chance to see them play together.

The World Cup begins on August 31st, and concludes on September 15th.


DeMarcus Cousins Takes a Risk by Playing in Finals

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In Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals DeMarcus Cousins logged 3 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 8 minutes of playing time.

The former Kentucky star is trying to regain confidence following a partially torn quad that left him sidelined for six-weeks. The fact that Cousins is healthy enough to play at all is a surprise in itself, at 6-foot-11, 280-pounds, recovering from an injury like that in six-weeks is quite impressive.

A free agent at the end of the season, Cousins easily could have shut it down and focused on getting healthy for next year. “Once I started feeling better and I could actually walk a little bit, I got back to work,” Cousins said. “There wasn’t a guarantee, but I just told myself I would work and give myself a chance and things worked out for me.”

Cousins never considered shutting it down as he came to Golden State with the goal of contributing to a championship.

He is fully aware that he may be putting his long-term future at risk, but insists that, “I’m not really concerned with that, if I get an opportunity to play, I’m going to put it all out there.”

The role that Cousins may play in this series is unclear as it will take a few games to truly feel comfortable following the injury. With Marc Gasol making a big impact in Game 1, Cousins could be in line for extended playing time in Game 2.

At 28 years old, Cousins will not allow adversity to deter him, no matter the circumstance.



Demarcus Cousins featured in new E:60, says he’s “healed for the most part”

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It’s been a physically and emotionally-draining couple of weeks for Demarcus Cousins. A partially-torn quad against the Los Angeles Clippers, once thought to be a season-ending injury, caused the big man to miss all but two playoff games. Now, could he finally be ready to hit the court again?

I am healthy enough to play,” Cousins says. “It’s just a matter of when.”

In a new feature for ESPN, Cousins discusses the injury and his tough road to recovery. The former Cat has been very forthcoming about the challenges he’s faced, mentally and physically, at one point acknowledging his “frustration, anger, sadness and all of the above” for not being able to compete with his teammates.

“It was tough. It took me a few days to get over trying to figure out ‘why’ and say alright, let’s fight through this and get to the next point,” Cousins told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears. “Once I got through those dog days, I just got back to work. It’s all I could do.”

The full interview will air on ESPN this Sunday at 9 a.m., but you can get a sneak peak by watching the video below, which shows Cousins getting back to work on the basketball court.

As for the NBA finals, things are still a bit cloudy. Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr said Cousins has been practicing, but he’s not sure if the timing will be right to use him in the finals.

If this were the regular season, I would throw him out there and he would play whatever minutes he could tolerate and we would build him up from there,” Kerr said during a press conference Wednesday. “This is not the regular season. This is the Finals. So we have to figure out what’s the best way to utilize him, how many minutes can he play, what the game feels like, what the match-ups are like.”

Draymond Green was more forward in his comparison between the regular season and the NBA Finals.

“It’s kind of like some kid who grew up in the suburbs going to private school, and then one day you just got dropped in the ‘hood and was told to survive. You got to figure that out. It’s very similar to that.”

Cousins seems a bit more optimistic, who says he’s “healed for the most part.” But does he expect to play in game one against the Toronto Raptors this Thursday?

“We’ll see.”