Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
DeMarcus Cousins participated in all of USA practice, which included limited scrimmaging, today.— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) August 19, 2014
Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops has more info on his status:
DeMarcus Cousins says he is 50-50 to play for Team USA tomorrow vs. Dominican Republic. Coach K said probability is higher.— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) August 19, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 16
ESPN's Nick Friedell has the latest on DeMarcus Cousins:
Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins says his injured right knee is feeling better.
'It's better than (Thursday), so that's a good sign,' Cousins said after Friday's practice. 'Just gradually trying to get through the pain. It's going to be a process. As the days go on it should get better.'
Cousins will not play in Team USA's scrimmage Saturday night against Brazil at the United Center.
Sean Cunningham of News10 (KXTV ABC-TV) Sacramento later reported when fans could expect to see Cousins return to action:
Good news for USA Basketball & Sacramento Kings fans. DeMarcus Cousins is expecting to play Wednesday vs. Dominican Republic in NY #NBAKings— Sean Cunningham (@News10Sean) August 17, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago provides encouraging news on DeMarcus Cousins' knee injury:
Team USA says the MRI on DeMarcus Cousins' knee showed no structural damage. He is listed as 'day to day'— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) August 14, 2014
The USA Basketball camp may have claimed another victim, as DeMarcus Cousins injured his knee and had to leave the court on Thursday.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported the news:
Kings DeMarcus Cousins being treated for a right knee injury @usabasketball camp.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 14, 2014
The Chicago Sun Times provides footage of Cousins being carried off the court:
Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago provided additional details, per USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo :
Jerry Colangelo says Cousins is headed to get an MRI as a 'precaution'. Doesn't sound too concerned.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) August 14, 2014
Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago passes along more specifics on the injury:
Hearing DeMarcus Cousins' right knee injury from today's USA Basketball practice scrimmage is a bone bruise and his status is day-to-day.— Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) August 14, 2014
Colangelo shared his optimism on the situation, via Spears:
Jerry Colangelo "wishful, hopeful" DeMarcus Cousins is fine and says he's out for Brazil game Saturday.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 14, 2014
Cousins downplayed the injury on his Twitter account:
Thanks for all the concern, I'm fine— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) August 14, 2014
Both the U.S. national team and the Sacramento Kings will indeed be hoping that the MRI is merely a precaution and doesn't turn up anything more serious.
Earlier in the practice, Cousins had provided the folks in attendance with this highlight:
Team Blue works on out of bounds plays and DeMarcus Cousins gets the easy dunk. https://t.co/A8fZsKwYIc— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 14, 2014
The sooner he is back making plays like that, the better it will be for all parties involved.
His loss would be particularly devastating for Sacramento. The power forward is crucial to the Kings and averaged 22.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game last season.
It would be another major loss for Team USA, which lost Paul George in a scrimmage in early August after he broke his leg crashing into into a basketball stanchion and Kevin Durant, who withdrew from the team. Cousins' injury obviously wasn't as devastating as George's, and the hope is that he can return to action sooner rather than later.