Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is one of 19 players on the 2014-16 USA Basketball national team roster who will participate in a training camp here July 28-Aug. 1.
The group includes 10 players who have been All-Stars, led by 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant. After camp, the roster will be reduced to 12 players for the World Cup in Spain in September.
Cousins, who has said playing for the national team is one of his goals, has participated in Team USA events, including last summer’s minicamp.
“The Las Vegas training camp will be the start of our preparations for the World Cup, so this is a critical time for putting in place the foundation required for this USA Basketball team to be successful like its recent predecessors,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. “This USA team will have a special opportunity to become the first USA team to repeat as world champions.”
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Cousins has been practicing with the Kings’ summer league team as part of his preparation for the Team USA camp.
Double up – All five starters for the Kings (2-1) scored in double figures as they routed the NBA D-League Select team 89-75 on Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Ben McLemore led the Kings with 18 points, and Derrick Williams added 17. Ray McCallum had a game-high 12 assists and 10 points.
The Kings fell behind 18-4 and trailed by 15 in the first quarter before rallying to cruise to a win with a strong second half.
“I’m almost glad that we did (fall behind), to show the resilience we showed (Monday),” Kings head coach Michael Malone said. “I loved how we played after that first quarter. Even the way we ended the first quarter, we got back in the game and cut (the deficit) to six points.”
Nik Stauskas added 15 points, and Quincy Acy had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Eric Moreland had 11 rebounds off the bench.
Tournament time – Teams will be seeded for the summer league tournament that begins Wednesday.
The Kings won two of their three games, so they will not be near the bottom of the bracket, as they were last year when they lost four consecutive games before winning their finale. Each team is guaranteed five games.
Golden State won the tournament last year.