The Warriors’ signing of DeMarcus Cousins this offseason surprised everybody, and his eventual oncourt addition to the Warriors’ other stars will probably be the greatest collection of talent the league has ever seen. He’s nearing the end of a long rehabilitation process after tearing his Achilles tendon in January.
According to Steve Kerr, Cousins will practice with the Warriors’ G-League team in Santa Cruz to acclimatize to high-intensity practices (the Golden State Warriors’ practices are too light). He could even play a few games in the G-League to get some run.
His teammates notice he’s ready to return. Kevin Durant said that Boogie has been running his mouth more and more lately:
Kevin Durant said he knows DeMarcus Cousins is getting closer to return because he’s getting “a little bit louder than usual” around the team. pic.twitter.com/ekZc3FMBvc— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 7, 2018
Cousins originally wanted to return during this five-game road trip, but the Warriors talked him out of it. The Warriors now say he should return after Christmas, but if Cousins is ready, they shouldn’t wait just for the sake of waiting. If his time in Santa Cruz goes well, I could see Cousins back before the New Year.
At this stage in his rehab, Cousins is throwing down alley-oops in practice. One major hurdle for him is to return to NBA-level conditioning, which could take a few weeks. Anyways, there’s no doubt that he’ll be on a minutes restriction when he returns anyways.
Cousins will be an alternate offensive fulcrum in the Warriors offense, scoring inside and out while offering nifty passing along the way. The big question for him is how his defense will fare in his return from injury. An intriguing personality with vengeance on his mind, it will be awesome to root for him this year.