OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed that heart DeMarcus Cousins’ season debut will occur “someplace within the neighborhood” of the Jan. 18 sport on the LA Clippers.
A supply informed The Undefeated’s Marc Spears earlier Tuesday that Cousins was focusing on the date for his return.
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The four-time All-Star has not performed since rupturing his left Achilles tendon as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans on Jan. 26, 2018, towards the Houston Rockets.
Cousins signed a one-year, $5.three million midlevel exception with the Warriors final offseason. He had thought-about returning Jan. 16 towards the visiting Pelicans earlier than he and the Warriors selected the Jan. 18 return, a supply mentioned. Warriors gamers discovered concerning the return date Monday, a supply mentioned.
“I believe it would occur round that point,” Kerr mentioned following Tuesday’s 122-95 win over the New York Knicks. “It isn’t so simple as ‘that is the sport.’ It is someplace in that neighborhood.”
Kerr famous that Cousins has made some “huge strides” in his rehab and conditioning over the previous week, and that if that continued and Rick Celebrini, the crew’s director of sports activities drugs and efficiency, declared Cousins prepared to go,”then it might be” the Jan. 18 sport when Cousins returns.
“Perhaps it is the New Orleans sport a pair days earlier. Perhaps it is the primary sport after that, however that is positively the vary,” Kerr mentioned. “I’d say the final two scrimmages that he is had. It is appeared to us and it is felt to him that he has damaged by means of a barrier. And we have been ready for that barrier. In order that he is by means of that barrier, and assuming every thing goes nicely the subsequent week or two, that is type of the thought to get him in a while that week.”
Cousins has been absolutely participating in Warriors practices for a number of weeks after getting just a few full-contact practices in with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors late final month.
Cousins was anticipated to signal a max extension final summer time earlier than the harm. He’s hoping to present potential groups that he’s absolutely wholesome in anticipation of touchdown a giant extension this summer time, all whereas probably serving to Golden State to a 3rd straight title.
Kerr repeatedly has famous that Cousins has match into the Warriors locker room this season by utilizing his sense of humor and expertise to function a veteran sounding board for youthful gamers equivalent to Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and Damian Jones. Cousins’ presence is particularly vital contemplating that Jones suffered what most likely is a season-ending pectoral harm throughout a loss on the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 1.
Cousins’ teammates are comfortable goal date is lastly in place.
“It is thrilling,” Warriors All-Star swingman Klay Thompson mentioned. “I do know our fan base is happy. The NBA is happy. I can not wait to combine him with our crew. He provides a complete new dimension. Particularly on the block, he is such a handful down there, his skill to play make. So I am excited to get DeMarcus again.
“He is been nice within the rehab course of. I commend him for sticking with it. Folks do not realize how laborious that’s to do. To simply are available in daily and never see an endpoint, however simply attempting to work to get wholesome. He is been so mature about it, and I can not wait to get on the market with him on the ground. I have been blessed to play with him with Staff USA. I’ve seen up shut and private how good he’s.”
Info from ESPN’s Nick Friedell was used on this report.