How much will Cousins’ prolonged rehab aid his return.
He just adds a supremely talented big man to complement what the Warriors already have. They suspected those numbers will not just drop because Cousins will adjust his role playing with four other All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. I think you have to be realistic, especially with that first year.” This will be part of it as he gears up, plays some limited minutes and gets used to the pace of play in an NBA game.” Before injuring his left Achilles tendon on Jan. 26, 2018 with the Pelicans, Cousins had not suffered a major season-ending injury. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and extremely excited to be out on there on the floor.” We have to figure out what the rotations will look like, how many minutes he can play. Miles’ eyes lit up as he described how Kerr can use Cousins: by running split cuts off the big man to utilize his passing skills, and by dumping it to him in the post to set up an inside-out game for the Warriors’ shooters. Guard Kendrick Nunn laughed at the idea of Cousins intimidating G League opponents, while forward Kevin Young imagined Miles force-feeding Cousins for “crazy numbers.”.
Golden State Warriors vs LA Lakers – 1st Half Highlights | January 21, 2019 | 2018-19 NBA Season
Cousins on debut: ‘Felt like a kid on Christmas’ DeMarcus Cousins’ Warriors experiment will be bizarre and incredibly important.
Dan Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Jan. 7: Pistons guard Luke Kennard (5) fouls Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. He soaked in a celebratory water-dousing on live TV from Curry and Thompson, proudly awarded the game ball to his mother, Monique, and came away from his first real game action in 355 days by proclaiming it “probably one of the best days of my life.” “Like a kid on Christmas,” Cousins said. DeMarcus Cousins is expected to play his first games of the season in the coming week.Cousins, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all played in that game. Kerr recalled getting ejected after arguing with the officials in a game against the Sacramento Kings in 2017, back when Cousins was playing for them. There, he found the Kaiser Permanente Arena, a no-frills, 2,500-seat gym surrounded by the San Lorenzo River, an auto shop and a Walgreens. The rest of the Warriors were eager to get Cousins the ball whenever possible, which is how he wound up taking 11 shots from the field in just 15 minutes of play. Going into the 2017-18 campaign, Cousins is expected to take on a similar role in the frontcourt, teaming up with Davis as one of the league’s most talented frontcourts. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tied a career-high with 24. Then, he’s going to get moody and down, and then you could have some problems.” When people come here, there’s leadership, not only from the front office and coaching staff, but from Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. He doesn’t have great leaping ability — not an explosive player — but he’s just so powerful and strong. The presence of even one monster big man will have a cascading impact on the otherwise skimpy Warriors. The Warriors will have to play it by ear and see how effective he is.” He also never has played in the playoffs, so that’s motivation to behave. Bryan has published with FOX Sports, Noisey, Bleacher Report, The Big Lead, LA Weekly, Huffington Post and various other publications.
Golden State Warriors vs LA Lakers – 1st Qtr Highlights | January 21, 2019 | 2018-19 NBA Season
Report: We finally have a date for DeMarcus Cousins debut with the Warriors.
He should be one of the best all-around bigs in terms of his cross-category production and should be a top-5 center yet again despite his points per game potentially going down in his first full season working alongside Davis, Holiday and Rondo. The 26-year-old averaged a career-high 26.9 points per game and developed a three-point shot, going 70-for-210 (33.3%) from long range after having only attempted eight treys the season before. Cousins’ tendency to engage in emotional outbursts and clash with authority has often left the Kings’ front office wondering if he’s truly someone the team can build around, but the franchise appears committed to seeing if new coach Dave Joerger can get the most out of the enigmatic star. He’s a really bombastic passer off the dribble and from standstill. Boogie needs some too, which impacts Curry, Thompson, and Green again. He has great touch both facing and with his back to the basket, hitting a number of outside shots as well as some excellent hook shots and turnaround jumpers in the lane. In limited minutes after playing only a handful of 5-on-5 scrimmages with his new teammates, Cousins became the Warriors’ first starting center to hit at least three 3s in a game since Anthony Tolliver nine years ago. But first-game jitters, fatigue, I wouldn’t expect him to knock down the two big shots that really broke the whole game open.” Do they guard him at the risk of freeing up space for three of the best shooters in NBA history? His blend of skills at 6-foot-11, 270 pounds has already prompted many to label Golden State unstoppable. To work around Cousins’ lingering conditioning issues, Kerr limited him to spurts. It still wouldn’t make the Warriors the most hated team in sports, but it would get a whole lot more neutrals rooting for them to lose. While Porter isn’t close to being the perennial All-Star Cousins is, he’s developed into a versatile defender and an elite 3-point shooter. (Porter has knocked down an average of 1.8 3-pointers per game at a 43.7 percent clip over the last two seasons, making him one of the best spot-up shooters in the league). Over the past 18 months, 19 players have undertaken rehab assignments, including six all-stars. “Rehab assignments are another value-add for the G League,” said Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who began his tenure as G League president on Monday. “You can use the G League to develop your young players and coaches, but you can also give players like Cousins the opportunity to get practice and game time. Cousins’ free throw rate (FTA per FGA) has declined massively from 0.73 to 0.36 this season, and favoring more of a finesse post game is as big a reason as any. It was an untimely test for the sputtering Clippers. Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Dec. 11: Astros third baseman Alex Bregman throws a baseball to the fans as the Rockets play the Trail Blazers in the second quarter at Toyota Center. His wingspan allows him to finish around the basket with the greatest of ease, which is good considering that he?s not much of a leaper due to his average explosiveness and conditioning-level. I was half expecting them to not want to add anything new to that machine.