Another Blow to Team USA: DeMarcus Cousins Injures Leg
The bad luck just continues for Team USA. In the team’s first practice since Paul George broke his leg during a scrimmage, another key player went down with an injury.
DeMarcus Cousins was injured during Thursday’s practice while going after a loose ball. According to reports, Cousins had to be helped off the court and favored his right leg.
Cousins will miss Saturday’s game against Brazil and Jerry Colangelo, director of Team USA, said the Sacramento Kings’ big man will be getting a precautionary MRI on his leg.
This is just the latest of setbacks for Team USA. After George went down with an open tibia-fibula fracture, Kevin Durant withdrew from consideration for the team citing “physical and mental fatigue.” Add those two losses to the withdrawals of Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge, and Team USA’s roster is not looking as strong as it could’ve been.
There are still a lot of talented players left on the roster and it’s definitely way too early to admit defeat, but you can’t expect Team USA to dominate its competition the way it could’ve with it’s roster at full strength.
Team USA is down to 15 finalists, with the final 12 scheduled to be selected before the Americans depart for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain in late August. The FIBA World Cup, featuring 24 national teams, is scheduled to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14.