UPDATE: Thursday, August 14 at 4:45 p.m. ET
Cousins sustained a knee injury at practice on Thursday, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. It's unknown if he'll miss any time.
Reason: A summer with USA Basketball would do wonders for his maturation
Simply put, DeMarcus Cousins is a beast. He would give the team a dominant inside presence to turn to when all else fails.
He's coming off averaging 23 points per game last season with the Sacramento Kings while grabbing a league-high 30.5 percent of available defensive rebounds and posting a career-high 17.8 percent of his team's assists while he was on the floor. It goes without saying that he would be tremendous for Team USA in international play.
The primary concern with the 24-year-old, though, is his perception as, what he calls, a "ticking time bomb." He's known for emotional outbursts, and harnessing the emotion into positive energy may be all he needs to evolve into an elite center.
Spending the World Cup under the tutelage of Coach K, Jim Boeheim and Tom Thibodeau—not only on the practice floor but during game action—would inevitably make Cousins a smarter, better leader.
According to KentuckySports.com, the staff is already pleased with Boogie's progression with the team:
All the coaches were really pleased with DeMarcus and how he played. Look, his attitude is tremendous because he wouldn't keep coming back to be a part of Team USA if it didn't mean something to him. We recognize that. He was in good shape. He played well. He was talking on defense. He was our leading rebounder (in Friday's scrimmage) and he can pass out of the low post. He gives us a 'big' that is different than Anthony Davis.
Also, the team would benefit from a 23-and-12 guy manning the middle. That's a pretty big reason, too.