Could the final piece of the puzzle finally be coming to the Golden State Warriors? Right, like they need the extra help. We’re talking about DeMarcus Cousins, of course. However, the big man is still awaiting clearance to play for the team as he continues to rehab from a torn Achilles heel injury.
“We’re not right there. It’s still going to be some time,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told Mercury News’ Mark Medina. “We’re going to be patient and continue to give DeMarcus the space he needs to prepare.”
He then even gets a little more vague. Yes, it’s mostly just your everyday coach speak. But this is necessary coach speak.
“When the time is right, we’ll have some things planned for him,” Kerr adds.
Again, there’s no reason to rush him back. As things stand, the Warriors are 21-10 and just a half-game out of first out West. They’re currently riding a two-game winning streak. Still, they can be better. And the need to be. On the other hand, they also need to be smart.
The Warriors know they don’t want to rush Cousins back to the NBA with a major injury. Especially one that put him on the shelf for a full year. But Cousins did just recently complete a third full-contact session and practice with their G-League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors, on Monday. The Warriors never have full-contact practices, though. Therefore, they sent him down to the G-League to help.
“It was good for him to go down there. It’s good live action,” Kerr said. “Much better than what we can for him here.”
Last season with the Pelicans ‘Boogie’ put up 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Unfortunately, he only got to play in 48 games.