DeMarcus Cousins Eyes Return To Competitive Basketball 11 Months After Injury


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It’s been nearly 11 months since All-Star center Boogie Cousins tore his Achilles, ending his 2017-18 season, and putting his future in doubt. With his contract expiring, Cousins had to make a move after being injured. That move came in the form of signing with the Golden State Warriors in March of 2018. After months of rehab, Boogie is now beginning to practice with some of the team, closing in on a debut for the reigning champions. The big man was seen playing one-on-one with teammate Kevin Durant, and has been practicing with the Warrior’s G-league team since early December.

Cousins, who took a significant paycut to be a part of this Golden State team, is coming off of a year in which he was averaging 25.2 points per game and 12.9 rebounds per game in 48 appearances for the New Orleans Pelicans. Cousins shot a career high 6.1 3-point shots last year, 3 times more than his career average. This aspect of his play will be undoubtedly impactful when he takes the floor with this Golden State team, who have practically perfected the run-and-gun formula, and will add a useful pick and roll or pop dynamic thanks to Cousins. With the defensive and rebounding presence that Cousins offers, he will reinforce areas that Golden State are not already dominating. If there was a thin area in the roster, it would be at Center. Starting center Damian Jones is out for the foreseeable future following a surgery to his upper body, so Boogie’s return can’t come fast enough. That being said, the Warriors organization has made it very clear that Cousins will not be rushed, with Kerr prioritizing the playoffs over regular season glory. Cousins has only taken part in scrimmages and practice, so a competitive game is the next step. Following a meeting with medical staff, the estimated time seems to be around the 1-2 month range for a debut with the Warriors.

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