Boogie has been invited to Rio.
Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins has earned a roster spot on the United States’ 2016 Olympics team, according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Spears.
It’s well-deserved recognition for Cousins, who has established himself as one of the most talented centers in the NBA since 2013. The six-year pro averaged 26.9 points per game and 11.5 rebounds last season with the Sacramento Kings.
The biggest question will be whether Cousins can keep his head on straight in Brazil. The controversial big man has had his share of problems on and off the court. Cousins led the league with 17 technical fouls last season and also had his issues with coaches in the past, most recently George Karl. Cousins was a consensus second-team All-American during the 2009-10 season with the Wildcats and was taken fifth overall by the Kings in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Nonetheless, this is a pinnacle moment for the two-time All-Star. Cousins should be a key player for Team USA when they take the floor in Rio de Janeiro later this summer.