DeMarcus Cousins is stuck in a basketball waiting game. The four-time All-Star has yet to make his Golden State Warriors debut after suffering an Achilles tear just under a year ago, yet he seems to be just about healthy.
On Wednesday, the Warriors star center once again went through a full practice with the team, suggesting that he is doing well physically.
Steve Kerr said DeMarcus Cousins practiced fully today.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 2, 2019
In fact, Boogie is feeling so good, that he’s encouraging his teammates to attack him during scrimmages.
Quinn Cook said Boogie is telling guys to go at him when they’re scrimmaging pic.twitter.com/b2ScgQElG1— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) January 2, 2019
But even with the full practices, Cousins doesn’t have a target date for his return. He had originally been eyeing an early December debut, but the team pushed back the expectation to post-Christmas, to make sure that he was not only healthy, but up to speed.
Christmas has, of course, come and gone, as has New Year’s Day. And according to coach Steve Kerr, the team still doesn’t know when we should expect to see Cousins don a Dubs jersey.
Non-update update from Warriors practice: DeMarcus Cousins again took part in all activities, but there still remains no target date for eventual return. Here’s Steve Kerr on what will go into eventually clearing him. pic.twitter.com/YxdTULp66w— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 2, 2019
Kerr noted that no single person will determine when Cousins is ready to play, saying, “I’ve got to feel good about putting him on the floor, DeMarcus has to feel good about being on the floor, [Director of Sports Medicine] Rick [Celebrini] has to feel good about his safety, going on the floor and not re-injuring himself. So they’re all tied together, for sure, but I can’t really put a percentage - I think we’ll just know when he’s ready.”
And so the waiting game continues. Part of what made the Warriors an attractive option to Cousins was that they could afford to play it safe with him, and not rush him on the court. While he undeniably wants to get back to playing competitive basketball, he doesn’t seem at all upset about the better-safe-than-sorry approach that the team is taking.
But hopefully we see him soon.