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Cousins, Gay make 12-man Team USA roster for World Cup

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay will play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup starting next Saturday.

Cousins and Gay survived the final roster cuts announced early this morning by USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski, following Friday night’s 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico in the team’s final home exhibition.

The four cuts announced early today: NBA All-Star point guard Damian Lillard and small forwards Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver and Chandler Parsons.

In addition to Cousins and Gay, the 12-man roster is guard Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), center Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), guard/forward DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), center Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), forward Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), guard James Harden (Houston Rockets), guard Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), forward Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets), guard Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) and guard Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

“The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process,” Krzyzewski said. “To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward.

“I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team.”

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