LAS VEGAS - That clear-the-air conversation between DeMarcus Cousins and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo on Monday seems to have benefitted both parties. While Cousins said he heard nothing definitive when he approached Colangelo and why the USAB czar characterized him as "immature" during the opening days of the training cap. On Tuesday, while Cousins and the Select Team practiced in an adjacent gym and the Olympians warmed up for their own session, Colangelo seemed eager to put the issue to rest.
"We had a discussion," said Colangelo. "He asked me to be specific. I tried to be responsive, and as far as I'm concerned, (they should) just bury it. It's a non-issue. Hopefully that's the end of it."
When a Sacramento television reporter asked if Cousins' early presence was a red flag, Colangelo responded: "No, I don't want to do that. That would be unfair to him and unfair to any player to say it's a red flag, in particular since he had some red flags in the past. The fact that he's here, putting in his time .... He's had a couple really good days here back-to-back ... his play, his demeanor, his conduct, everything ... so everyone should just drop it."