MIAMI FL - FEBRUARY 22: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings shoots a jump shot during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on February 22 2011 in Miami Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Widespread reports circulated today that Anthony Davis suffered a sprained ankle in a workout with New Orleans. The injury is apparently serious enough that Davis is likely to miss the Olympics. Davis joins a list of injured American big men that already includes Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Andrew Bynum.
Davis was seen as a possible 12th man as it was -- team officials view Griffin, the Timberwolves' Kevin Love and the Knicks' Tyson Chandler as the primary rebounders -- so Colangelo may not be inclined to expand his roster even if an amendment is allowed. If he does, however, Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins is a likely candidate. Cousins, already a member of the Select team that will train with and compete against the Team USA finalists in Las Vegas, has been vocal about his plan to play his way onto the London squad.
"I'm not going [to Las Vegas] just to practice," Cousins told local media in early June. "I can make that team."
However, it seems Team USA officials, including Colangelo, have reservations about adding Cousins and may opt to simply proceed with the big men already on the roster.
Of course, Kings fans know that Cousins needs to be on the roster. For size, for rebounding, for his range, for his toughness...