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June 4, 2013
DeMarcus Cousins is invited to Team USA minicamp

New Kings owner Vivek Ranadive says he wants DeMarcus Cousins to become an international star.

Now there's word Cousins could still eventually represent America in international competition.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told Yahoo! Sports Cousins is invited to Team USA's minicamp next month.

Cousins was part of the select team that practiced against Team USA last summer. Cousins drew praise from the likes of Kobe Bryant, but Colangelo said Cousins had "some growing up to do" and needed to "mature."

Cousins responded by seeking out Colangelo for an explanation and said he never was told how he had been immature with the select team.

But even with that and a season marred by three suspensions and piling up technical fouls, Cousins can still earn his way onto Team USA.

"You bury the past and go forward," Colangelo said. "He's invited and he's definitely on the list. New year, new summer, new opportunity."

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