Team USA Is looking to bring home another gold medal at the 2012 Olympics next month. While expectations remain high, the team and coaching staff have already had to deal with multiple injury issues.
Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh were both replaced on the team due to their respective issues, and now Blake Griffin will not play after tweaking his surgically repaired knee from two years ago. Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins was once in the running to make the squad, but he was not named to the original roster.
Even with Cousins reportedly being the best player on the floor at Team USA practices this week, it looks like he'll be passed over again for Griffin's spot by an 18-year-old rookie.
My sources have told me that, while the executives went with Davis, the former Kentucky standout, the Kings' DeMarcus Cousins was discussed as a replacement. Cousins had a shaky first day here while playing with the Select Team, was earned great reviews for his play and comportment thereafter. One USAB type told me he was the best player on the floor during Tuesday's scrimmages.
For a team that has already lost a ton of talent, why would you not take the best player available?
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