Report: DeMarcus Cousins suffers torn ACL while working out

Chris Cwik | Yahoo Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers already lost one of their most promising free-agent signings before the season even started. DeMarcus Cousins reportedly tore his ACL while working out, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The 29-year-old Cousins underwent testing in Los Angeles on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury. Cousins reportedly left the court after “bumping knees” with another player, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

After spending one season with the Golden State Warriors, Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in July. Cousins averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds with Golden State last season.

A torn ACL is yet another crushing injury for Cousins, who suffered a torn Achilles in 2018. Cousins was limited to just 30 games last season due to that injury, and then suffered a quad injury during the playoffs.


Gregg Popovich praises Colin Kaepernick: ‘That was a very patriotic thing he did’

Cassandra Negley | Yahoo Sports

Colin Kaepernick is still a trending topic for those in the NFL and out of it. The quarterback reminded the world he hasn’t played in three years — but is still ready — and Jay-Z, of all people, reminded us Kaepernick’s activism is still critically important despite the man himself being minimized.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, in camp with Team USA, spoke about Kaepernick again on Tuesday, using him as an example of what he believes is patriotism.

“That was a very patriotic thing he did,” Popovich said, via ESPN. “He cared about his country enough to fix some things that were obvious, that everybody knows about but does nothing about.”

Popovich said anyone who calls people criticizing inequalities “unpatriotic” is ignorant.

Popovich on patriotism: ‘Being a critic of inequalities … makes America great’

The 70-year-old Popovich has earned a reputation as being one of the “most woke” coaches in the NBA. And he’s often outspoken, blasting politicians after back-to-back mass shootings last week in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

His comments on patriotism, via ESPN:

“Patriotism means a lot of things to different people. There’s people who are truly committed in that sense and people who are fake. The show of patriotism, I think, is a bit inappropriate and that is not something that I think we want to emulate. Because someone hugs a flag doesn’t mean they’re patriotic.

“Being a patriot is somebody that respects their country and understands that the best thing about our country is that we have the ability to fix things that have not come to fruition for a lot of people so far.

“All the promises in the beginning when the country was established is fantastic, but those goals have not been reached yet for a lot of people. So you can still be patriotic and understand that there still needs to be criticism and changes and more attention paid to those who do not have what other people do have, and that’s where we’ve fallen short in a lot of different ways. Being a critic of those inequalities does not make you a non-patriot. It’s what makes America great, that you can say those things and attack those things to make them better. That’s what a lot of other countries don’t have. You lose your freedom when you do that.”

That’s when Popovich used Kaepernick as an example of what he meant by standing up against inequalities. Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to raise awareness of “systematic oppression” and protest police brutality and racism. He’s been bombarded with claims of being “unpatriotic” ever since and his name alone is a match for conversational fire.

Popovich, who attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and served five years of active duty, has spoken positively about Kaepernick in the past. He told the Undefeated in 2016 that Kaepernick was able to kneel because of the military and while many understood that, there are still those who want to “jump on the bandwagon.”

Popovich wants Team USA to be example

Popovich is preparing Team USA for the FIBA World Cup in China. It kicks off Aug. 31 and goes through Sept. 15. His goal is another gold, but it’s also that the squad represents its country the right way.

“We can’t fix the divisiveness in our country,” Popovich said last week, via the Washington Post. “But what we can do is be a great example of how people can come together for a common goal and achieve it. It’s our responsibility to not only become the best team we can be, but it’s the way we conduct ourselves with USA on our shirts. We’re representing a lot of people.”

The U.S. will play Spain in a World Cup tuneup Friday in Anaheim, California.


Bismack Biyombo on Congo’s Ebola outbreak: ‘One way or another … we all going to have to pay attention to Africa’

Bismack Biyombo: Why are millions raised for Notre Dame cathedral, but not Africans dying of Ebola in Congo?

Cassandra Negley | Yahoo Sports

Charlotte Hornets big man Bismack Biyombo spends every offseason back home in his native country of Congo to see family, run camps and work with the government to rid the African nation of Ebola.

Biyombo spoke with The Undefeated about his work, why Ebola is still an issue on the continent and why people should be paying attention to Africa at the very least to protect themselves.

Why can’t Ebola get same funds as Notre Dame?

The Ebola outbreak is in its 12th month, mirroring the the West African Ebola outbreak that ravaged Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leon in 2014. Then, it took years for the World Health Organization to raise enough money to end the outbreak.

Comparatively, within days of the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in France there was nearly $1 million in donations for the rebuild. Many asked at the time why the billionaire donors were giving to a building when they could help social issues.

Biyombo has thought about this in terms of what’s happening in his home country and want Congolese millionaires to give back. Via The Undefeated:

If I tell the truth, I sat down and think about that over and over, because the cathedral burned down [and] within hours there were solutions. What stopped people from actually investing the solution to discuss this [Ebola] because people are dying. Like, this is real. People are dying.

I mean if we can raise hundreds of millions for some other things to be built, I think we can do that to save life.

Approximately 2,700 people have been infected and two-thirds of them have died, according to the Washington Post. Privately, officials are concerned the official numbers are too low since many areas are inaccessible due to remote location and conflict, per the Post.

It’s already the world’s second-worst outbreak after only the 2014 epidemic.

Biyombo: We have to pay attention to Africa for ourselves

It is the 10th outbreak in Congo and earlier this month the World Health Organization labeled it a “public health emergency of international concern.” The World Bank pledged $300 million in the aftermath and the U.S. upped its donation to $38 million, per the Post.

It’s a move that many would ask, “why help there when we can help at home?” And Biyombo gave his answer to The Undefeated:

I think Africa is overlooked with these problems because people sometimes say, ‘That’s African problems. That does not concern us.’ One way or another one, at some point we all going to have to pay attention to Africa because the reality is this: If one person get on that plane and come to the U.S. and spray, then it becomes the U.S. problem. So why wait until that happens instead of fixing this problem now?

(Click to READ MORE on Africa…)

Biyombo said people should care about the resources in Congo despite it being a topic not discussed often.

Will other countries having Ebola be what stops epidemic?

Biyombo explained to The Undefeated how part of the issue is a long-standing distrust of government. He said he has hope the disease will be eradicated, but he is realistic.

For the past decade or more than a decade, our problem has been there, yet still coming back and don’t solve. What’s gonna change people’s mindsets for that problem to be solved within the next five to 10 years? Like what’s going to change people’s mind? Is it other countries end up having Ebola, which is something you don’t wish for? What’s going to get people’s attention?

The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced Monday that two potential drugs had a survival rate of as much as 90 percent for low levels of the disease in a trial, per Reuters. It began last November and treatments will now be offered to all patients.

Officials warned it is encouraging, but not enough to stop the epidemic for good.