Thursday’s NBA roundup: DeMarcus Cousins added to Team USA injury list
Chicago — Team USA is hoping for the best after watching another player get helped off the court with an injury.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins hurt his right knee when he got tangled with Anthony Davis after both big men hit the floor going after a loose ball during a scrimmage toward the end of Thursday’s practice.
Cousins yelled out in distress as he ended up on his back near the free-throw line on one side of the court.
The World Cup of Basketball is just two weeks away.
“Definitely scary, not just the fact that he went down, but the fact that I actually was the one who dove on him,” Davis said.
“I kind of feel bad and I hope he’s fine because he really wants to be here. He really wants to play.”
Cousins watched the end of the scrimmage with a bag of ice on his knee as trainers milled around his table. He gingerly took a few steps while players were coming off the floor.
USA Basketball said later Thursday that the results of an MRI exam on Cousins’ knee showed no structural damage. He was listed as day-to-day.
It was the Americans’ first workout since Paul George broke his right leg in a gruesome injury during an intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.
Kevin Durant also withdrew from the team last week, citing mental and physical fatigue from the NBA season.
Jerry Colangelo, the managing director of USA Basketball, said he spoke with the team about George’s injury.
“I think time heals,” Colangelo said after practice.
“What took place after a few days is that in checking with all the players, they were all in, looking forward to coming to Chicago and everyone showed and they played really hard today, so we’re pleased.”
The U.S. is expected to practice again today, and hosts Brazil in an exhibition at the United Center on Saturday night. Colangelo said Cousins likely wouldn’t play for the next couple of days.
The roster is at 16 players after Rudy Gay joined the pool following Durant’s departure. It has to be cut to 12 before the World Cup begins on Aug. 30.
USA Basketball has landed in Derrick Rose’s hometown, and the Chicago Bulls’ star is thinking only positive thoughts.
This is even after he witnessed George’s gruesome injury. And even after Cousins was injured and left Thursday’s practice at Quest Multisport early.
“No, I have no fears. I have faith. I know that I’m going to be fine,” Rose said. .
“I know that I busted my (butt) the entire two summers — you can say two seasons — to get back to where I am right now.
“And just try and keep it moving, stay positive every day, do everything consistent like I’ve been doing. Doing the consistent work when I come in, stretching.
“I’m doing everything that Coach (Mike Krzyzewski) and them want me to do, and I think everything will go my way.”
Of the scrimmage Saturday, he said, “It’s going to feel like a pro-am game a little bit.
“Everyone has been talking about it in the city. It seems like it’s a buzz.
“It’s great what USA Basketball and Nike has been doing around the city, just keeping kids occupied, keeping people occupied, getting them something to do.
“I think it’s going to help the city, and it should bring some hype to the city.”
Suns guard Isaiah Thomas has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist.
The team says he’s expected to be able to participate fully in training camp. The Suns say the procedure was done Thursday.
The Suns acquired Thomas in a sign-and-trade deal July 12 with the Kings.