Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a knee injury during a Team USA workout Thursday when he and New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis dove for a loose ball and Davis landed on him.
Cousins took to Twitter to let everyone know that he’s doing OK following the scare.
Thanks for all the concern, I’m fine
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) August 14, 2014
Despite the positive words, Cousins’ status for Team USA’s game against Brazil on Saturday at the United Center is in serious doubt, Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo told Nancy Armour of USA Today Sports.
“I can’t believe he would,” Colangelo said after the workout. “Even if he’s 100 percent OK, he’s going to have to rest a little bit and get treatment.”
Davis also commented on Cousins’ injury and wished him well.
“I feel bad. I hope he’s fine because he really wants to be here,” Davis said. “We were both just hustling and I dove on his leg. So I hope he’s fine.”
Colangelo says Cousins to have MRI on right knee. Hoping just a mild sprain. Cousins took a few careful steps to test leg
— Jay Cohen (@jcohenap) August 14, 2014
While it ultimately seems like Cousins will be fine here, it’s understandable that Team USA wants to be as careful as possible with its players’ health following the gruesome injury suffered by Paul George earlier this summer during a team scrimmage.
With Team USA thin at center behind Davis, a healthy Cousins very well could be a helpful piece for this team.