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Report: Draymond 'would love to play' for Team USA in Olympics

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Report: Draymond 'would love to play' for Team USA in Olympics

In the midst of a chance to repeat as NBA champions, Stephen Curry has opted out of the Rio Olympics, but Warriors forward Draymond Green has other thoughts.

Green, who led the Warriors to a 110-77 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, expressed his desire to play for Team USA in the Rio OIympics on Monday morning. 

The Warriors' versatile forward told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, "I would love to play" in the Olympics. In January, Green was named a finalist for Team USA along with four other Warriors -- Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Harrison Barnes.

While Green has continued to make a name for himself with his voice, he hasn't shied away from his desire to represent his country in Rio. 

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"To support your country, to represent your country, that's amazing," Green told mlive.com in August. "I want to make that Olympic team, that's one of my goals. I'll do everything in my power to do it."

Green scored a game-high 28 points in the Warriors' 33-point rout vs. the Cavs on Sunday. He also added seven rebounds, five assists and made five 3-pointers. 

Team USA is scheduled to have a basketball minicamp for all finalists looking to make the team on Aug. 10-12 in Las Vegas. Green is scheduled to partake in the event. 

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Between the regular season and the playoffs, Green has played in 100 games for the Warriors this season. He sat just one regular season game in Golden State's historical 73-9 season. 

No other Warrior has taken his name out of contention for Team USA besides Curry.

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.

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"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.

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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