DeMarcus Cousins probably shouldn't stray too far from airports during the next few weeks. If this trend continues, with one NBA frontcourt star after another getting injured and dropping off the 2012 Olympic men's team, USA Basketball officials might start screaming mea culpas, working the political scene and measuring the Kings' beefy center for one of their red, white and blue jerseys.

That list of American big men just keeps shrinking. And the concern keeps growing. Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard are hurt. Andrew Bynum was not interested. And late Thursday, while Team USA was overwhelming the Dominican Republic in an exhibition at UNLV, it was reported that Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has a torn meniscus.

Griffin, who complained of discomfort in his surgically repaired left knee after Wednesday's practice, is scheduled for more tests Sunday in New York. He won't be seen again on the court until training camp at the earliest, which leaves Team USA with Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love and alternate (and unofficial replacement) Anthony Davis as the only frontcourt players.

Griffin's expected departure also moves Cousins deeper into the conversation and USA Basketball officials into an increasingly uncomfortable position. No question about it. Publicly and privately, DeMarcus is making everyone sweat.