Cousins hurts knee in USAB scrimmage; MRI reportedly negative

NBA.com staff

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins injured his right knee during a practice with the USA Basketball team Thursday in Chicago. Reportedly, he will not be available for Saturday’s scrimmage against Brazil although an MRI came back negative. Yahoo’s Marc Spears has the roundup:

NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner is on site in Chicago, too, as is Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com:

Cousins was hurt in a scramble under the basket when Anthony Davis of the Pelicans fell across his knee. It was the first practice for Team USA since Paul George of the Indiana Pacers broke his leg in a scrimmage in Las Vegas on Aug. 1.

“We hope that he’ll be fine,” USA coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters about Cousins. “They want to take precautions, like we do with all of our guys.”

The team is scheduled to practice again Friday before its Saturday night game against Brazil at United Center. Next week, the team that will represent the U.S. in the FIBA Basketball World Cup will move to New York, with exhibition games against the Dominican Republic (Aug. 20) and Puerto Rico (Aug. 22) at Madison Square Garden. The FIBA Basketball World Cup begins on Aug. 30 at four venues in Spain. The U.S. opens that day against Finland in Bilbao (3:30 p.m., ESPN).

6 Comments

  1. Ken says:

    Lets bring the Legends game back to NBA Allstar weekend

  2. shotgun says:

    Breaking his knee in team USA’s practice will NOT get Cousins his Ring. Only teaming up with our KING lebron james will he know and taste true victory. Winning a championship by buying in with other top players is the way to go these days. Why work hard for a team if you can buy one?

    Hail Lebron.

  3. Luucas says:

    Legs training is not fun, but needed. It could help prevent injury and/or help shorten recovery time form a injury. Thank you.

  4. Gswfan says:

    SplashBros gonna win them this championship.#USAchamps

  5. Pacersdynasty says:

    He is stronger than Paul George