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Coach K says DeMarcus Cousins has cemented himself as Anthony Davis’ backup

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Coach K was very close to becoming an Enemy of the Commonwealth earlier this summer when reports surfaced that he was going to pick Mason Plumlee over DeMarcus Cousins for Team USA; however, he redeemed himself (slightly) when he kept Boogie on the final roster. In fact, Krzyzewski told ESPN this week that Cousins has cemented himself as Anthony Davis’ backup in Team USA’s rotation.

Boogie told that making the team was “a huge accomplishment” that he’s been working all summer towards, and makes him realize how far he’s come from his childhood in Mobile, Alabama:

“Me and my mom talk about it all the time. My story is crazy. Anything that I’ve been through, anything that I have accomplished, it was always the hard way. Nothing ever came easy for me, and that is just something that I have kind of accepted. I know it’s never come easy for me, and I think that is why I am the way I am.”

DeMarcus, Anthony, and Team USA take on Finland in their first game of the FIBA World Cup Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Keep making us proud, guys.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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18 Comments for Coach K says DeMarcus Cousins has cemented himself as Anthony Davis’ backup

  1. JHK
    4:06 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    I always find it kind of ironic when a dude who grew to 7 feet with agility says something like “Nothing ever came easy for me”.

    I didn’t have to deal with poverty and the ghetto life as a kid but you wouldn’t have been able to do what you’re doing with my genes either.

    Thus said, good for him.

    • Kevin C.
      6:34 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

      Yes, because…as everyone knows…being tall = automatic wealth. SMH…what an ignorant comment.

  2. gordonm
    5:06 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    To borrow from NASCAR and Owensboro legend:

    Boogity, Boogity, Boogity Cousins

  3. Dr. Funke
    5:25 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    So happy for Boogie. You can tell he genuinely cares about this. That being said, Coach K is not off the hook in my mind for putting Irving and Plumlee on the team when there were more deserving candidates.

    • Luther
      6:50 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

      Not speaking for Plumlee, but Irving definitely deserves his place on the team. He’s ahead of John Wall right now…

  4. shelby
    5:54 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    that’s one heckuva “Back-up” – I’ll take it any day.

    I love me some Boogie!!

  5. Blue To The Bone...
    6:01 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    Boogie…That is why you will enjoy it more!!!…You have “earned” it and not have somebody “give” it to you…Sure would be nice if more kids your age had that attitude…Best of luck!!!

  6. Blue To The Bone...
    6:02 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    Hell…It would be better if more folks in general felt this way instead of finding ways to get a handout and then complaining they aren’t getting enough…

    • gordonm
      6:36 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

      addon: It is ALWAYS someone else’s fault that life is not kind to them.

  7. Ugly muffin
    6:09 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    Demarcus is a great player but that is one of the dumbest quotes I’ve ever heard. Things were hard BECAUSE of how he is, difficulty didn’t make him forget to grow up.

    • Luther
      6:52 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

      You’re right! DeMarcus still sees himself as a victim…


    • Blue To The Bone...
      7:39 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

      You both are IDIOT EPU fans …Demarcus is a BEAST on the court and a gentle giant off it…just look at the way he treats children and giving a MILLION dollars to charity and it is NOT one of your ex-players…

    • theWilkman
      10:14 am August 29, 2014 Permalink

      You are so right. He and his mom grew up in poverty because he has a quick temper. If only he had been more laid back as a child…

  8. UK Freshmen
    6:16 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    Huh??? With all these Kentucky All-Stars I find it incredible that that Cal has only won one National Championship. What’s the deal?

    • Kevin C.
      6:36 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

      If you suck this badly at trolling, I can’t begin to imagine how much you suck at your job, and other important aspects of daily life.

    • CardFan502
      6:42 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

      Yep. Because in 100 years, they’ve only won 8, which is second most all-time. But in that same 100 years, we’ve only won three. They must suck. I mean, the tournament isn’t random at all. And Cal, who has led UK to three Final Fours, two national championship games and the 2012 title, must not know what he’s doing. Rick, he likes to take his time, see, and win every 13 years or so (and in a down year. Brilliant – talk about seizing the moment!)

    • William
      11:14 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

      Two come march! How many does your team have. Also we will get more soon so… 😛

  9. Blue To The Bone...
    7:43 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    He shall forever be famous for his “15 seconds” of glory …No problem that he embarrassed his family, university and the entire city of Lou…Jurich, Benedict and Petrino…Some trio..