While Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis and the rest of the Team USA Men’s National Team preps for the upcoming FIBA World Cup with a scrimmage against Brazil Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago, DeMarcus Cousins won’t be among the players on the court.
After an injury scare (knee) yesterday, Cousins will sit out Saturday’s scrimmage. Cousins is technically “day-to-day” with a knee injury.
“It’s better than (Thursday), so that’s a good sign,” Cousins said after Friday’s practice. “Just gradually trying to get through the pain. It’s going to be a process. As the days go on it should get better.”
Cousins injured his right knee during a play at the end of Thursday’s practice and underwent an MRI that showed no structural damage. He wore a sleeve on the knee on Friday and shot baskets on a different court while the rest of his teammates continued preparing for Saturday’s game.
Team USA faces Brazil tonight in Chicago and the Dominican Republic Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico two days later at Madison Square Garden in New York.