DeMarcus Cousins injured at USA Basketball practice

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by Nancy Armour

USA TODAY Sports

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

CHICAGO (USA Today) -- USA Basketball is down another big man.

DeMarcus Cousins injured his right knee during Thursday's workout when Anthony Davis landed on him as the two dove for a loose ball.

The Sacramento Kings big man was able to put weight on his leg and take a few steps about a half hour after getting hurt, and managing director Jerry Colangelo said he's hopeful the injury is only a bruise or sprain.

Even so, Colangelo said he doesn't expect Cousins to play Saturday when the U.S. faces Brazil at the United Center.

"I can't believe he would," Colangelo said after the workout. "Even if he's 100 percent OK, he's going to have to rest a little bit and get treatment."

The injury came in USA Basketball's first workout since Paul George broke his leg during a team scrimmage in Las Vegas a little more than a week ago. Colangelo addressed George's injury during the team meeting before the workout, and he said everyone was ready to move on. The intensity level was the same as it was before George's injury, coach Mike Krzyzewski said, adding that he was "pleasantly surprised" at how hard everyone played.

In fact, Cousins' injury occurred because both he and Davis were hustling for a loose ball near the end of a half-hour scrimmage. Cousins was helped off the court, favoring his right leg, and was taken to a trainer's table, where he spent the rest of the practice.

"I feel bad. I hope he's fine because he really wants to be here," Davis said. "We were both just hustling and I dove on his leg. So I hope he's fine."

Cousins later tweeted that he was doing OK.

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