DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins’ addition to the world champion Golden State Warriors was highly anticipated for both Dub Nation and the Warriors themselves.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr recently spoke with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic and laughed about how restless Boogie was to get back on the floor following a difficult Achilles rehab.
“I’ll be dead honest with you and you can print this: he was a pain in the ass when we were trying to get him ready and scrimmage,” said Kerr. “He was just so angry, because he wasn’t playing.
“He was just in a bad mood because he’s a passionate, emotional person and you think about what was taken away with the injury, not just the playing time and the joy of being out there, but the contract that he was looking at. His life got turned upside down.”
Cousins has had a solid impact on the center position for the champs. In 11 games he’s averaging a little over 23 minutes, racking up 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game. Even though his conditioning and rhythm aren’t all the way back yet after year on the sideline, each time he hits the floor he’s rounding more and more into shape.
When he scored 22 points on the Indiana Pacers in January of 2019, it was the first time in nearly a decade that a Warriors center broke the 20 point mark. (After heavy deliberation, I couldn’t include Marreese Speights in that list because of the multiple references to him as a “stretch 4”. Sorry Mo Buckets!)
Cousins’ signing represented the answer to the Bay Area’s prayers for a dominant center. After failed attempts to acquire DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard, and Kevin Love, the Warriors struck gold bringing Boogie on board. Even off of an Achilles injury, he is the most decorated Warriors center since the days of Wilt Chamberlain and Nate Thurmond.
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