Though it’s hardly been a secret, two-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings was named to the 12-man U.S. men’s basketball team headed to the Summer Olympics.
Cousins had been told June 10 he would be on the squad in Rio de Janeiro.
Widely regarded as the best center in the league, Cousins was a second-team All-NBA selection for the second consecutive season in 2015-16 after averaging 26.9 points (fourth overall), 11.5 rebounds (fifth) and 3.3 assists.
Cousins played on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the FIBA World Cup in Spain in 2014.
Cousins will be joined in Rio de Janeiro by three Golden State Warriors: guard Klay Thompson and forwards Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes. Warriors guard Stephen Curry is among several of the league’s top players – including the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, the Houston Rockets’ James Harden and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook – who announced they would skip the Games.
The 12-man roster announced Monday also includes Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), DeAndre Jordan (Clippers), Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls), DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), and Paul George (Indiana Pacers). Cousins and Jordan are the only centers on the team.
Training camp for the Olympic team begins July 18 in Las Vegas, where the first exhibition game is scheduled for July 22 against Argentina. The Olympics run Aug. 5-21.
U.S. men’s national basketball team
Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro