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Coach K joins John Calipari podcast, defends DeMarcus Cousins

Coach K comes to the defense of DeMarcus Cousins while talking with John Calipari on his new podcast.

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DeMarcus Cousins has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently.

Amid another lost season with the Sacramento Kings, Cousins vented some of his frustrations on a Sacramento Bee reporter recently for writing a negative column on Cousins and his brother, Jaleel Cousins.

Now, Duke head coach and USA Basketball head man Mike Krzyzewski is coming to the defense of Boogie. He did so while making a guest appearance on John Calipari's new podcast, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.

K has been the head coach of Team USA for a decade now, and his recent success has come with the help of Boogie.

Krzyzewski, who joined Calipari for a lively, 30-plus-minute conversation taped Thursday but released to ESPN in advance of Tuesday's posting on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and Google Play, said the much-maligned Cousins was one of many former Calipari players whom he enjoyed coaching with Team USA.

The Blue Devils coach praised Cousins for sticking with Team USA after initially being on the USA Select Team in 2012 following his one season at Kentucky in 2009-10. Cousins was added to the national team in 2014 and won gold medals at that year's world championship in Madrid and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics over the summer.

"For him to come back and still want it, it said a lot about how much he wanted to do it," Krzyzewski told Calipari. "He came through for us big time. He's tough as hell. He is so damn talented. I don't think he has a position. You can't call him a 5 or a 4. Just call him a great player."

Anytime you’ve got one of the best coaches in any sport defending you, that’s a great endorsement to have. Cousins certainly needs as much as he can get right now between his outburst at a reporter and his recent nightclub incident.