Having been forced to leave Thursday’s Team USA practice due to a tweaked right knee, DeMarcus Cousins emerged from a precautionary MRI feeling just fine. Per Boogie himself and Yahoo!:


Cousins injured his right knee after tangling with two other players while trying to get to a loose ball during USA Basketball’s practice in preparation for the upcoming World Cup on Thursday. An MRI revealed no structural damage, and USA Basketball officials listed Cousins as day to day. Cousins didn’t speak with reporters, but walked out of the Quest Multisport Complex without aid.

 

“I talked to him on the way out. I think he will be OK,” said Kings forward Rudy Gay, who was added to the U.S. pool of players last week. “I hope he is just being a drama queen. …I think he will be fine … I’ve never seen him go down and stay down. I think in the back of his head … everybody is thinking about what happened before [with George]. I think he will be OK.”

 

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski did not rule out Cousins playing in Saturday’s exhibition game against Brazil, although USA Basketball managing director Colangelo expressed doubts. Colangelo said the doctors and trainers were cautiously optimistic Cousins will be fine, but recommended an MRI to be completely sure. [...] “He said that he was a little scared after you go down after that prior [Paul George George] injury,” Colangelo said.