DeMarcus Cousins Injury: Updates on Kings Star's Knee and Return

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19

John Schumann of provides an update on DeMarcus Cousins:

Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops has more info on his status:

Updates from Saturday, Aug. 16

ESPN's Nick Friedell has the latest on DeMarcus Cousins:

Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins says his injured right knee is feeling better.

'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 will not play in Team USA's scrimmage Saturday night against Brazil at the United Center.

Sean Cunningham of News10 (KXTV ABC-TV) Sacramento later reported when fans could expect to see Cousins return to action: 


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago provides encouraging news on DeMarcus Cousins' knee injury: 


Original Text

The USA Basketball camp may have claimed another victim, as DeMarcus Cousins injured his knee and had to leave the court on Thursday.   

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported the news:

The Chicago Sun Times provides footage of Cousins being carried off the court:

Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago provided additional details, per USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo :


Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago passes along more specifics on the injury:

Colangelo shared his optimism on the situation, via Spears:

Cousins downplayed the injury on his Twitter account:

Both the U.S. national team and the Sacramento Kings will indeed be hoping that the MRI is merely a precaution and doesn't turn up anything more serious. 

Earlier in the practice, Cousins had provided the folks in attendance with this highlight:

The sooner he is back making plays like that, the better it will be for all parties involved.

His loss would be particularly devastating for Sacramento. The power forward is crucial to the Kings and averaged 22.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game last season. 

It would be another major loss for Team USA, which lost Paul George in a scrimmage in early August after he broke his leg crashing into into a basketball stanchion and Kevin Durant, who withdrew from the team. Cousins' injury obviously wasn't as devastating as George's, and the hope is that he can return to action sooner rather than later.


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