Under the leadership of Jerry Colangelo and Coach K, USA Basketball has relentlessly focused on excellence, teamwork and winning.
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A big part of that formula has been identifying players who will buy in and subordinate themselves to a greater good.
It hasn't worked for everyone, though, and the brain trust has rejected some guys over the years.
Take for instance Gilbert Arenas, who was mad at being left out.
Given what happened after, we'd say he was well judged.
No one doubts his freakish talent and he could play forward or center. Versatility is huge with the national teams we've seen lately and he brings it.
He also brings a difficult personality.
In fairness to Cousins, he says he's often misunderstood and he does have a passion for the game.
But is he still a loose cannon? Is he still likely to explode at an official?
Cousins could singlehandedly revive the ugly American sort of thing we saw in the Athens games.
There's a chance that he'll just want to fit it, that he'll conform to the established dynamics.
But if Chris Paul returns? Will Cousins snub him as he did this season?
Paul has earned his place, if he wishes to retain it and he's become a leader for the team.
Cousins will have a lot to prove, not least of all that he can function with Paul. Getting into a public spat with a leader of the team was a really stupid thing to do for a guy who wants in.