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DeMarcus Cousins day-to-day after knocking knees

CHICAGO -- DeMarcus Cousins left USA Basketball's Thursday practice in Chicago early after banging his right knee while pursuing a loose ball with Chicagoan Anthony Davis.

USA Basketball physician Lisa Callahan, also a Knicks team surgeon, said an MRI revealed no structural damage. He's listed as day-to-day, though earlier team managing director Jerry Colangelo ruled the Kings' center out of Saturday's exhibition against Brazil at the United Center.

"Even if he is 100 percent OK, he's going to have to rest and get treatments," Colangelo said.

The injury came in USA Basketball's first event since Paul George suffered a compound fracture of his right leg during an Aug. 1 intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas. Kevin Durant later withdrew from the program, citing "physical and mental fatigue."

Colangelo said he addressed the George situation with Team USA, which will wear shooting shirts to honor the injured Pacers' star during exhibitions leading up to the FIBA World Cup. Colangelo said FIBA prohibits patches on game uniforms.

Despite the hiccups, Colangelo defended NBA players opting for international competition.

"USA Basketball is in existence because it's all about representation in international play, not just on the senior men's level but all of the age levels, both male and female," Colangelo said. "And it serves a big purpose. Before this injury, I was able to say we've never had an injury. There's always a first. It happened. It's unfortunate.

"I spent 45 years in the NBA. I was an owner. I get it. I understand how valuable the players are. We take every precaution to make sure that nothing happens. But these guys are going to play, whether they're with us or in pickup games. And things do happen. Anyone who has played understands it's part of the game."

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