CHICAGO - Sacramento Kings' center DeMarcus Cousins suffered an injured right knee during Thursday's Team USA Basketball practice in Chicago.
A precautionary MRI was taken on Cousins' right knee, and according to a source close to Cousins, it did not reveal any structural damage or serious injury. The source, speaking to News10 on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Cousins was in good spirits and still has an unwavering desire to make the final Team USA roster.
In a statement, USA Basketball confirmed the MRI results that Cousins suffered a knee-to-knee collision with a teammate and was listed as day-to-day.
Cousins will not play in Saturday's exhibition game against Brazil at the United Center. He later tweeted he was fine.
During a scrimmage, Cousins, playing for the Blue Team, went to the floor after a loose ball when New Orleans Pelicans big-man Anthony Davis, a member of the white team, fell on his right leg in attempt to wrestle for possession of the ball. Cousins hollered out in pain and laid on his back while team trainers came to assist him. He was helped off the court, where he spent the remainder of the practice on a trainer's table.
Thursday's practice was the first team practice for Team USA Basketball since Indiana's Paul George suffered a broken leg during a Aug. 1 scrimmage in Las Vegas.
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