It’s official! Demarcus Cousins will represent our country at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Cousins and 11 others made it through the final round of cuts after Team USA’s exhibition game against Puerto Rico last night. He isn’t going to be the captain, because they don’t let me or Tins make decisions like that, but he will be there playing in the games and doing Boogie Cousins stuff, so we all win.
USA Basketball announced the final roster after its 112-86 win over Puerto Rico in Madison Square Garden last night:
Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).
The final cuts were Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Damian Lillard.
There really are no surprises here after the roster was gutted by withdrawals of Kevin Love, LeMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Durant both before during camp. Of course, there was also Paul George’s grotesque injury earlier this month. George and Durant’s departures made room for Rudy Gay’s late invite and addition to the team as well as DeRozan’s squeaking through final cuts.
The only surprise, per se, is Derrick Rose deciding to play on. The decision must be a sign of good health for Rose, but was probably the last straw for Lillard’s chances.
Team USA’s first game is August 30th against Finland at 3:30 PM EST on ESPN.