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July 10, 2012
Cousins, kids, take it out on Olympians

LAS VEGAS - I'm awaiting confirmation from USA Basketball officials, but a number of NBA types said that DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving and John Wall weren't weaving a story - they outscored the Olympic team during scrimmages a few hours ago at the Mendenhall Center on UNLV's campus.

While this is not the stuff of legends, say, Bobby Hurley, Chris Webber, Grant Hill surprising the 1992 Dream Team on the second day of practice. The Select Team has been known to prevail in scrimmages in recent pre-Olympic training sessions.

But it's interesting, and Cousins was right in the middle of it - or so we were told. Members of the large press contingent got booted out of the gym again before the scrimmages began. I'll write more about this for tomorrow's Bee, but when Cousins came out to chat with reporters, he was visibly excited. He pump-fisted, joked around, talked about his fishing trip to Alaska, and in general, was back to being DeMarcus most of us have come to appreciate.

It doesn't hurt the USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo sounds almost apologetic for labeling Cousins "immature" after the first two days of practice.

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