In the very first Team USA practice since the horrific leg break of Paul George, another NBA star has suffered an injury that will see him withdraw from participation.
Sacremento Kings big man Demarcus Cousins injured his right knee during practice after a scramble for a loose ball.
In a rather messy sequence of events, Cousins has his right leg awkwardly landed on whilst diving for a loose basketball, fortunately for the Kings and the NBA, an MRI revealed no structural damage.
U.S. Team updates
The USA team quickly released a statement, updating everyone concerend on the day-to-day update on the Cousins injury:
""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 24-year-old also took to his official Twitter account to update his fans on the injury scare: "Thanks for all the concern, I'm fine."
Tangled big men
The player who tangled with Cousins was fellow former-Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis, the two big men were showing good hustle in a practice when Davis unfortunately fell on the right knee of Cousins, who was then helped off the hardwood.
Cousins took to icing his right knee instantly and then spoke with coaching staff of the USA team including Head Coach Mike Krzyzewsk.
The Center's demeanour was of an individual not too worried about the injury that just occurred, showing positive signs immediately.
Tough times for team U.S.
Its been a rough couple of weeks for all the superstars involved with team U.S, the terrible injury to Paul George visibly shocked all players who witnessed the catastrophe.
Kevin Durant made headlines when he decided to end his participation, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar citing "physical and mental fatigue" for his leave.
The team however continues to train and decide the best team to take forward to the FIBA World Cup, the final roster will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
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