The USA men’s and women’s teams both have strong starting centers in this year’s Olympics. DeMarcus Cousins is a two-time NBA All-Star with the Sacramento Kings; Brittney Griner is a two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year winner. They’re among the best post players in their respective leagues.
But could she actually beat the USA men’s team’s center? ESPN asked Team USA for their opinions, and the consensus was in Cousins’ favor.
“I’m glad she’s that confident in her abilities, but she’s also a little delusional,” Cousins said. “It’s not a walk in the park over here.”
Britney Griner says she can beat Boogie Cousins in a game of 1-on-1. Members of Team USA respond.. pic.twitter.com/iY4Vr0X8Df— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) August 18, 2016
Griner, of course, is sticking to her opinion. She laughed when she heard how Cousins and the men’s team responded. “It’s OK, little man,” she said, adding that it just adds fuel to her motivation.
Hey lil SHAWTY it's okay! I know you a little confused!🤔 I said I was going to beat you and spot you some points in this whooping! @boogiecousins #biscuitheadboy #lookinglikepopsfromfriday @espn @sportscenter
A photo posted by BrittneyGriner (@brittneygriner) on Aug 11, 2016 at 6:31pm PDT
Cousins is averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in the Olympics, while Griner is putting up 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds.
Griner does have support from one person: teammate Diana Taurasi. “My money’s on B.G.,” Taurasi said.
Perhaps the most extreme assessment came from USA women’s head coach Geno Auriemma: “If there’s no referee, I’m going to go to the ATM, and I’m going to sell my house, and I’m going to put all my money on DeMarcus Cousins.”
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