Mike Krzyzewski has been fortunate enough to work with several NBA stars both at Duke and while coaching the U.S. national team. He feels one player he has coached “sometimes gets a bad rap.”

DeMarcus Cousins was a part of Coach K’s gold medal-winning U.S. teams at the 2014 World Championships and the Rio Olympics this past summer. Krzyzewski feels like Cousins is a bit misunderstood.

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“For (Cousins) to come back (to the team) and still want it, it said a lot about how much he wanted to do it,” Krzyzewski said on Kentucky coach John Calipari’s podcast, via ESPN. “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.”

Cousins, who has said he wants to play again in the 2020 Olympics, has been a constant name in the rumor mill in recent seasons. He made headlines this week after getting into a

heated verbal confrontation with a Sacramento Bee columnist in the Kings’ locker room, only fueling more trade speculation.

Playing in Sacramento, where he started his career after being selected fifth overall in 2010, Cousins has never had enough support to help him lead the franchise to a deep postseason run. The 6-11 center is currently averaging a double-double for the Kings this season, yet the team is just 10-17, including 3-7 in its last 10 games.

There was some chatter last month claiming John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and Cousins were plotting a reunion from their Kentucky days, but that would be easier said than done.

For now, Cousins will have to remain patient in Sacramento while he racks up wins with the national team. 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will take over Team USA from Krzyzewski starting in 2017.