Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins suffered a scare last week during Team USA’s practice in Chicago.
With emotions on high-alert after the devastating injury to Indiana Pacers star Paul George, the NBA world came to a stop after Cousins fell to the ground at the Chicago based practice. Teammates gathered around the former Kentucky talent as he hobbled off the floor under the assistance of the training staff.
He was immediately attended to and taken off the floor for further evaluation. Thankfully an MRI showed no structural damage and DeMarcus Cousins says he is completely healthy and fully recovered from the injury that forced him to miss Team USA’s game against Brazil.
Although a knee injury caused him to miss valuable practice time and the squad’s first exhibition contest on Aug. 16, the Kings center discloses he’s fully recovered from the setback and has methodically studied and aimed to execute the coaching staff’s game plan.
While DeMarcus Cousins positive health diagnosis is good news for Team USA, it’s even more important for the Sacramento Kings who were understandably shaken up upon learning that their franchise star could have suffered a significant injury.
That said, Cousins stated the injury did set him back, but he’s already back on his feet.
“The thing is, it’s not about me showing what I can do – they know what I can do. It’s just about learning the whole scheme of what they’re trying to do out here,” he explained. “The injury kind of set me back in learning the whole scheme, but I’m trying to learn it on the fly and trying to learn it as fast as possible.”
Thankfully disaster was avoided and Cousins will be back on the court for Team USA in the near future and looks to be just fine for the Kings upcoming season.