DeMarcus Cousins was continuing his rehabilitation workouts Tuesday afternoon in New York, where Team USA will play exhibition games against Dominican Republic at 4 p.m. today and Puerto Rico on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
The Kings center injured his right knee in practice last week in Chicago, where he and teammate Anthony Davis fell to the floor while scrambling for a loose ball. In an interview Tuesday with USA Basketball, Cousins said his knee is feeling better, though not fully healed. He isn’t sure if he’ll play in today’s game but hopes to return against Puerto Rico.
How are you feeling? They going to let you get out there against Dominican Republic?
I’m not really sure yet. I mean, I’m basically through the pain, now it’s just about getting strength back in my knee. So, as of right now, it is better, but it’s still not 100 percent. I also don’t really want to rush into anything. I would say it’s about 50-50.
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Are you worried about being hurt at this time and not getting a chance to show what you can do?
First of all, nobody wants to be hurt, of course. It just kind of happened that way. All I can do is try my best to learn the stuff from the sideline, go through my rehab and just try to get healthy as fast as possible. That’s all I really can do right now.
What about playing Friday?
That’s definitely a possibility. A couple of more days to heal under my belt, a couple more days of, you know, going through the rehab, get my knee stronger.
What would it mean to you to be on the team that goes to Spain?
That’s my goal this summer, to make this team. I’ve trained hard this whole summer to come in, be in shape, be ready for this experience. Like I’ve been saying, this is where I want to be this summer. It’d be a huge honor, and it’s something I want to do.
Do you and the guys talk about who will make the team?
No. It’s hard to determine because, I mean, every guy here is so talented, so it’s hard to just say, ‘This guy is not going to make it.’ I mean, everybody can play to high level, so it’s hard to say.