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Nets' Keith Bogans plays big minutes and loves it

Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans drives past Milwaukee Bucks'

Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Monta Ellis. (Dec. 26, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Among the few regrets that Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo had after a generally exhilarating double-overtime win in Washington on Friday night was the way he used Keith Bogans. "To be honest with you," Carlesimo said, "I played him too many minutes."

Bogans has a different view. As far as he is concerned, there is no such thing as too many minutes. Especially for someone who missed almost all of last season with a torn ligament and broken ankle.

"I was told that I may never be able to play again," he said before the Nets' game against the Kings Saturday night at Barclays Center. "When I first heard that news, of course I was devastated, but I just got focused once I got my surgery. I kept telling myself I was going to get in the best shape of my life, which I did."

He said he felt great after his 36 minutes, the most productive of those in overtime. Said Carlesimo, "We just needed him on the floor to give us some intelligent basketball plays."

Cousins proves his talent

Reports last year, and earlier this season, said the Nets were interested in trading for Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. But he might be out of reach now that he is having games like the one he enjoyed Friday night in Toronto: 31 points, 20 rebounds.

The Nets passed on a chance to draft him in 2010 because of reports about his personality and focus (witnessed by his recent suspension for a verbal dust-up with coach Keith Smart).

There is no doubting his talent, though. "On any given night," Carlesimo said, "DeMarcus Cousins is as tough a cover as there is in the league."

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