By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky standout DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings had 13 points, five rebounds and six steals in just 12 minutes Wednesday when Team USA beat the Dominican Republic 106-71. Here’s part of what he had to say after the game in Spain.
Comments about the game:
I thought we started off a little sluggish tonight as you could see. I think we picked up the energy a little bit in the second, and after halftime we really picked it up and took the game away. But we can’t continue to start games like this. It’s kind of been a tendency of ours to start games like that. We got to get back to playing defense the way we did the first couple of games, putting pressure on the ball and giving teams a hard time. We definitely have got to pick up the pace.
When you are winning these game by this much how do you gauge how well you are or are not playing?
I believe everybody felt pretty good with how well they played today. You could see it on guy’s faces, you could see with the guys on the bench. Everybody was happy for one-another, everyone was cheering for one-another, and that’s what we are going to need to continue on this path.
DeMarcus, what does it mean to play for this team, your country, and how is it the team chemistry on and off the court different being on the Kings team and being on the USA team?
First of all, it’s a huge honor. Not everybody and not everyday do you get to go represent your country. It’s definitely a huge honor, especially for me. Playing with this group of guys, this is a once in a lifetime thing. You’re playing a group of guys as good as some of the best players in the world. It’s extremely fun, it makes your job easier, but at the same time it’s a different thing because there’s so much talent in one group you have to put your game aside to make another guy and vice-versa. So it’s a unique experience and I’m enjoying it.
What was your reaction when Coach K called you and said you were on the team?
I was all smiles.