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Kyrie 'will be throwing' NBA title in Warriors' faces on Team USA

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Kyrie 'will be throwing' NBA title in Warriors' faces on Team USA

Three Warriors -- Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson -- will be represented for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Rio. There will be team chemistry between the three on a squad full of NBA stars. 

But what about with Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving after the Cavs came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors in the NBA Finals?

"You know, there will be a few jabs thrown... because there are three Warriors on this team, and I am the current champion, so I will be throwing it in their faces," Irving said jokingly Tuesday morning on Mike & Mike.

Irving made the game-winning 3-pointer in Game 7 of the NBA Finals over Stephen Curry with just under one minute left, giving Cleveland a 92-89 lead. 

While he will be giving his Warriors teammates jabs on Team USA, Irving has nothing but respect for them. That respect goes beyond the court as they see each other as more than just basketball players.

[RELATED: Was Kyrie best guard in NBA Playoffs? 'I felt it and I knew it']

"When we leave that court, we have our respective families, but we also have a respect for one another that goes beyond basketball," Irving said.

In an interview with USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday, Irving praised the competitive spirit the Warriors bring to the floor.

"They’re winners. They’re winners. They come from a championship team. Going against them, that’s the love of competition. We understood that we were beating each other up, we wanted to tear each other’s heads off.

"But that is the highest level that you are playing for is a championship," Irving said to Coach K on Sirius XM Sports Radio.

After battling for seven games in the NBA Finals against the Warriors, Irving will go from foe to friend on the floor with three Warriors. He is eager to wear the same logo and chase a gold medal together.

"Having those types of guys, that are great character guys, but that are also going to do anything to win, I’ll go any day with guys like that. I love it," said Irving on the Warriors. 

In the NBA Finals, Irving averaged 27.1 points points per game against the Warriors. He scored 26 points, including the game-winner from beyond the arc, in Game 7. 

DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

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DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins isn't exactly on the best of terms with the New Orleans Pelicans organization. 

The four-time All-Star was hoping to re-sign with the franchise that traded for him back in February 2017, but things didn't work out. There is still some bad blood.

Cousins will make his Warriors debut on Friday against the Clippers. Apparently, he could have suited up against the Pelicans but opted to remain on the sideline.

[RELATEDDeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important]

"I wasn’t going to return against them,” Cousins told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports before the Warriors' victory. “I didn’t because I didn’t’ want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask Bob (Myers) that.

"I didn’t want to give y’all a storyline. That’s why (my return) is Friday.”

Cousins is right in that if he made his debut against the Pelicans, the emotions would have been off the charts. He made the right decision to wait two extra days.

At his introductory press conference with the Warriors back in July, the big man implied that New Orleans GM Dell Demps didn't offer him a contract.

"I’m gonna put it like this: Only me and Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night," Cousins declared. "We both know the truth. And I’ll leave it at that."

If you like drama, then mark April 9 on your calendar because that's when Cousins and the Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in New Orleans...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In April 2012, Steph Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle. The surgeon was Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

In late January 2018, DeMarcus Cousins underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. The surgeon was ...

... Dr. Richard Ferkel, who certainly will be watching when the Warriors big man takes the floor Friday night in Los Angeles.

[RELATED: Cousins’ debut means Warriors will face 10 crucial questions]

He recently spoke with NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh about Cousins' rehab process and acknowledged that keeping the six-time All-Star's weight down has been a top priority.

"The stress they're putting on is a little different than for somebody who is a 6-foot point guard," Dr. Ferkel said. "It probably extends the rehab a bit longer in bigger people than in smaller people.”

Cousins isn't a small person, and at various points throughout his career, he has needed to shed some pounds. At this point, that isn't an issue because he truly looks to be in very solid shape -- not elite-level "game shape," but he definitely passes the eye test right now.

But Warriors fans shouldn't expect a seamless assimilation. It will take Cousins some time to shake off the rust and get fully comfortable. He'll have to adapt to the Warriors' high-octane pace and style.

“I think it’s important for people to understand that even if he’s released, we, as part of DeMarcus’ team, feel this current release (to play) is really the final phase of his rehabilitation," Dr. Ferkel added. "We’re not saying he’s 100 percent like he would be if he was uninjured.

"He’s done everything he can do but be in a game situation with elite players.”

Buckle up and enjoy the ride ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller