Like the rest of the Warriors, Stephen Curry is excited by Golden State’s addition of All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins. Curry has been talking about how excited he is with the team’s addition of Cousins all summer and he continued to do so in while making an appearance on KNBR on Thursday.
“In the right situation, he definitely can shine,” Curry said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “His presence in the locker room is going to be solid for sure. You appreciate a guy late that who has an extreme passion for the game. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, and that’s great.
“I think in the right situation that he’s in right now with us will ultimately bring the best out of him and bring even greater things out of us. I’m excited about it.”
“There is a familiarity for sure,” Curry added later. “I think five of us played with him on Team USA so we know what kind of guy he is, what buttons to push and what buttons not to push.”
Curry offered similar comments about Couins while appearing on The Bill Simmons Podcast in August.
“I think all the way through, just the benefit of being on our team, obviously for him, is there’s no rush for him to come back,” Curry said about Cousins. “He can really take his time and get right. But, when I look at just the opportunity that comes past January, February, whenever he comes back, to the playoffs, it gives us a whole new dynamic. And whatever type of DeMarcus shows up—I know he expects to be back to fully 100 percent and we do too—[he] gives us a new dimension that we haven’t had before, a guy that can actually go get a bucket on the block. We can have guys, shooters around him.”
“He’s actually an amazing playmaker, and you’ve seen it in New Orleans,” Curry added later. “But when he gets the ball at the top of the key, he can break the bigs down and he’s a great passer. Coach Kerr loves great passing big men that can read the defense and make plays. So it’s going to be amazing, man. I’m excited about it.”
But while Curry is clearly excited to play with Cousins, he can acknowledge that it may take some time for everyone to get on the same page on the court.
“There’s going to be a feeling-out process, obviously,” Curry said. “Because lineups will change a little bit. Rotations may change a little bit. But, I think just over the course of 82 games, and then we look at the playoffs, it gives us something to look forward to and something to really focus on—how we’re going to implement his skill set to what we do. Obviously, keeping our style of play, playing fast, using the guys that have been around these last three or four years, and figuring that out. But, it gives us something to look forward to. And I’m lucky to sit here in August, thinking about how we get back to June. There’s a lot of time in between and we’ve got to be ready.”