LAS VEGAS — His presence on Team USA has always been about him. His ability to ignore the white noise, to avoid emotionally crippling funks, to play to his strengths and run himself into the type of shape demanded by longtime head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
But Friday — the night that was supposed to tip off his audition for the 2014 World Cup team ‚Äì—DeMarcus Cousins was a footnote. He was good, very good, and no one cared. He was shaken, and he was healthy, and afterward, that was all that mattered.