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Sacramento Kings and Team USA star DeMarcus Cousins didn’t sustain any serious damage after a collision in training resulted in a knee injury.
In the first practice after Paul George broke his right leg during an exhibition game, the US camp was given another scare as Cousins injured his right knee while going for a loose ball.
However, an MRI scan has revealed that there is no structural damage but he has been listed as day to day and will only return when the medical staff deem him fit enough.
“USA Basketball National Team member DeMarcus Cousins suffered a knee-to-knee collision with a teammate during Thursday’s USA practice in Chicago.
“According to USA Basketball team physician Dr. Lisa Callahan (Hospital for Special Surgery/New York Knicks), an MRI was done and revealed no structural damage. Cousins is listed as day to day,” the team said in a statement.
It is understood that Cousins got tangled with Anthony Davis on the floor during a scrimmage towards the end of practice, and he had to be helped off the court after eventually returning to his feet.
Nevertheless, despite the positive news on the injury, it has been a troubling time for Team USA and all concerned with several injury concerns and withdrawals as a result.
George’s injury undoubtedly shook the camp with point guard Stephen Curry even admitting that he questioned his on-going participation after witnessing the Indiana Pacers star sustain a compound leg fracture after a freak collision with the basket stanchion.
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant left the camp after citing mental and physical fatigue while the likes of Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LeMarcus Aldridge have all opted against featuring in Spain at the FIBA World Cup this summer.
Team USA is currently down to 15 finalists, with the final 12-man roster scheduled to be announced before the team departs for Spain later this month. The tournament runs from August 30 to September 14, with the Americans still considered the favourites.