After lacking practically a yr of motion due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, DeMarcus Cousins is about to make his NBA return. When he does, he’ll be debuting as a member of the Golden State Warriors, after signing with the 2-time defending champions in July. Prematurely of his Warriors debut, Cousins sat down with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to focus on getting back from such a devastating damage, his tumultuous profession and the expertise overload in Oakland.
Nichols: It’s occurring. You might be lastly going to stroll out onto the courtroom and be an NBA participant once more. What do you assume that is gonna really feel like?
Cousins: Type of nervous about it, truly. You understand, on the finish of this month, it’s going to principally be a calendar yr. So it has been a very long time coming, to say the least.
Nichols: You have known as this essentially the most difficult, essentially the most troublesome yr of your life.
Cousins: It is nearly like a punishment. You understand while you have been a child and you get your favourite toy taken away for a sure period of time? And, you realize, when you lastly get it again you simply really feel such as you find it irresistible much more. So it is sort of a type of emotions. And you realize, as soon as it is in my arms, I will deal with it.
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Nichols: How do you assume you are gonna come again a special participant than you have been after we final noticed you?
Cousins: Effectively, clearly, I won’t be the identical participant. I’ve gotten higher. (laughs) So you realize, a number of issues have modified in my recreation. You begin to tune up different areas of your recreation: leap taking pictures, ability work. I feel all the pieces has simply elevated and gotten higher.
Nichols: You have talked to different guys who’ve had this damage earlier than, Dominique Wilkins, Kobe Bryant. Some guys, they’ve this sort of damage, they’re by no means a adequate participant once more. They’ll by no means actually proceed. Some guys are ready to transfer ahead and construct a complete second stage of their profession. What did these two let you know about how to do it?
Cousins: Effectively, with Dominique, that is who I’ve in all probability spoken to essentially the most. And he simply principally tells me to assault it. When you notice you might be healed, like, do not give it some thought. Simply go ahead.
Nichols: The fellows who weren’t ready to transfer ahead previous this damage, do you let that get into your ideas in any respect?
Cousins: By no means. By no means. One factor that Dominique additionally spoke on is — they do not know your coronary heart, and they do not know your drive. So you realize, the those who do know me, they know I may be very cussed. I do not like to be proved improper.
Nichols: Have these components of your character actually come ahead on this previous few months?
Cousins: Oh, they’ve gotten worse. (laughs) Quite a bit worse.
Nichols: So that you’re coming again extra cussed than you left us?
Cousins: Completely. Completely.
Nichols: Ought to the officers be involved?
Cousins: Nah. They’re on my good facet — proper now.
Nichols: You had one of the tumultuous first six or seven years within the NBA of anybody I can consider. And the query at all times hanging round you was: Is it the Kings’ fault? Is it Boogie’s fault? You then go to New Orleans, rave evaluations out of the Pelicans’ locker room. You come to the Warriors, your teammates and coaches have nice issues to say about you. In case you end this yr in that very same means, do you assume it’ll change the minds of the individuals who doubted you? As a result of there have been organizations who stated, “We’ll by no means commerce for him.”
Cousins: Nah, it in all probability won’t. It in all probability won’t. However, I imply, I can not dwell worrying about what the subsequent man thinks. I do know who I’m as an individual. And the those who matter round me know who I’m. So, it’s what it’s.
Nichols: You probably did get a technical this season, whereas on the bench, in road garments, which is a really spectacular feat, by the best way. However on the whole, the fiery facet of your character appears to slot in nicely with this crew. You have received Draymond Inexperienced, plus coach Steve Kerr. He was simply speaking the opposite day a few recreation in Sacramento a number of years in the past the place you stayed within the recreation. He is the one which received thrown out, as a result of he was going so loopy. And he stated he regarded and caught your eye as he got here off the courtroom.
Cousins: We have been kicking their ass. (laughs) And you realize, he was pissed. As they ejected him, we sort of caught eyes. And I simply sort of gave him the wave. So I do not assume he might be too mad about that.
DeMarcus Cousins is tossed after getting right into a heated altercation with official Scott Foster.
Nichols: What does it imply to you that should you do get fiery and emotional on the courtroom on this stint with the Warriors, you are surrounded by individuals who have gotten emotional on the courtroom themselves?
Cousins: I truly desire teammates which have feelings. It means you care, in contrast to a man that is sort of simply nonchalant and goes about it prefer it would not matter. So I would like guys that care. I would like guys that present they care. And that is one thing this crew does.
Nichols: There was a sense at first of this season that the Warriors have been gonna be a title favourite regardless, that you simply wanted them greater than they wanted you. However then the season has gone alongside and do you assume it is shifted slightly? That they could want you no less than slightly extra now, too?
Cousins: I do not actually concentrate to storylines. I imply, they’re gonna say what they’ve to say. They’re gonna add their opinions. We’re essentially the most hated crew in sports activities.
Nichols: You assume you are essentially the most hated crew in sports activities?
Cousins: Are you able to title one other?
Nichols: I might say there’s lots of people on this nation who love to hate the Yankees or the Cowboys.
Cousins: Effectively, put us up there. (laughs) I might say the Warriors are for certain. You understand they hate Kevin [Durant]. They hate me. I feel the one man they actually like is Steph [Curry]. Truly, they might hate him as nicely. They hate Draymond. However I imply, it’s what it’s. I can not fear about that.
Nichols: The underside line is you might be getting again on the basketball courtroom. When individuals hear, “Boogie’s again,” what ought to they know?
Cousins: I’m again, and I’m not looking again. I’m transferring ahead. I’m leaving it on the ground each night time. And I plan on coming again for that prime spot.