DeMarcus Cousins has viral meningitis, according to multiple reports.
He may miss anywhere from 7 to ten more days - this according to Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.
But while the possibility was left open that he could return on Monday against the Utah Jazz, it's now more likely that he would attempt to resume basketball activities later in the week is expected to miss at least another seven to 10 days.
Last Wednesday, the Kings announced Cousins had a viral infection and was admitted to the hospital for treatment and rest. Cousins has been seen on the sidelines while he has been out, but did not look well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that viral meningitis "is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord."
According to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee, Cousins underwent a spinal tap, and that does not sound fun at all. Jones also reports that Cousins is still dealing with headaches and is considered day to day.
The Kings desperately need Cousins to get better as they have gone 1-4 in his absence. Cousins last played against the Houston Rockets on Nov. 26 when he had 29 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks. So yeah, he is pretty important. The team is built around the big man and without him, the offense has been unable to establish any consistency.
The Kings released the following statement:
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been diagnosed with viral meningitis, according to team physicians with Kaiser Permanente Sacramento.
Cousins’ symptoms are stable and a full recovery is expected, however the Kings medical staff recommends further rest before demands of an NBA schedule can be tolerated. He will continue to be monitored daily, with basketball-related activities expected to resume when his health allows.
Cousins is not expected to be in uniform for this week’s contests. Further updates on his playing status will be issued when they become available.