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August 20, 2014 Updates
August 19, 2014 Updates

Cousins and Rose are close to being certainties. But they are NOT locks. Tuesday’s practice marked Cousins’ first live scrimmage since he was injured last Thursday in Chicago, suffering a bone bruise in his knee. SheridanHoops

Knee soreness kept Derrick Rose out of practice Tuesday, making it the third straight day he has not played any basketball. And that left Team USA officials wondering whether Rose will be capable of handling the rigorous World Cup schedule. SheridanHoops

Rose is unlikely to start, a team source told SheridanHoops.com. Kyrie Irving could move into the starting five after playing exceptionally well in a sixth man role Saturday night against Brazil, and the federation was expecting Rose to be able to contribute off the bench. SheridanHoops

But if Rose’s knees remain sore – officially, the team said he was held out for “precautionary reasons – and he does not play, the makeup of the final roster will be much more uncertain than it appeared it would be when this week began. If Rose cannot handle the workload of playing three games in three nights and five games in six nights when pool play begins in Bilbao, Spain, the roster would effectively be reduced to 11 1/2 players. SheridanHoops

John Schuhmann: Rose is healthy, but got another day of rest today. Wants to play tomorrow, but Colangelo said he might not start, because of an assumed policy that if you don't practice the day before a game, you don't start. Twitter @johnschuhmann

August 18, 2014 Updates

Tim Bontemps: DeMarcus Cousins (right knee) still doesn't look great. Hope it doesn't linger to the point where it keeps him out of the games this week. Twitter @TimBontemps

"Right now, there is no plan to put any restrictions on him, but I think as we do with all players through the preseason -- whether you’re looking at KG or Deron, who’s coming off of ankle injuries -- you build them up. You get them ready for the opening day of the season, but you’re really getting them ready for January, February, March and April. So I look at it like climbing a ladder throughout the season when you have veteran players. But I know Lionel is gonna push all these guys and challenge them physically. And whatever doctors allow Brook and Deron to do, Lionel is going to push them to that point." NetsDaily

August 17, 2014 Updates

Nate Robinson posted a video on Instagram of himself dunking at his outdoor court in Seattle on Friday with the caption, “New me coming soon.” Very impressive, considering Robinson had surgery to repair his torn left ACL on January 31. SLAM

Sean Cunningham: Good news for USA Basketball & Sacramento Kings fans. DeMarcus Cousins is expecting to play Wednesday vs. Dominican Republic in NY #NBAKings Twitter @News10Sean

August 16, 2014 Updates

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." ESPN.com

August 15, 2014 Updates

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