DeMarcus Cousins still has a way to go before returning to game action, according to Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
“Conditioning-wise he’s still got a ways to go,” Kerr said, via ESPN. “I love how far he’s come, but I don’t want people to get the idea that he’s getting close to coming back. It’s still going to be some time. It’s a totally different deal playing in an NBA game and playing against [assistant coaches] Willie [Green] and Chris DeMarco.”
Cousins, who tore his Achilles tendon in January as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, was initially aiming to return for training camp, but has obviously pushed back his timetable.
“I was aiming for training camp, but I’ve communicated with the staff and the coaches, and it’s kind of up in the air,” Cousins said at a news conference at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV after he signed his contract with the Warriors. “It will be when I’m ready, 100 percent ready, and we’ll take it from there.”
Though the injury is a tough one to bounce back from, Cousins says that his rehab is coming along well.
“It’s coming along great,” Cousins said. “Basically, the healing part is over, and now it’s just about building strength. I’m improving each and every day. I feel stronger each and every day, and it’s just a matter of time before I’m back on the floor.”
Warriors guard Steph Curry knows that Cousins is antsy to get back out in the floor.
“I know he’s just eager to go out there and play,” Curry said. “We all know he’s just chirping at the bit. I feel like what he’s been able to do in practice hasn’t been substantial, but I think he’s playing [in] live action [situations] and ramping it up so I don’t know how long it’s going to take for him to take the next steps and whatnot but just having him out there, having him be part of practice is huge for us and huge for his morale I’m sure. And it’s another step in the right direction.”
When Cousins does get back out on the floor with his new teammates, he’s pretty excited about the potential.
“The potential is scary, that’s obvious,” Cousins said. “But, of course, it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication, and also a lot of sacrifice from not only myself, but other guys on the team as well. I think that’s something we’re aware of, and it’s something we’ve accepted already. I think that’s why these guys also wanted me to be a part of this team. The potential is scary.”
Though the Warriors are excited to add Cousins to the rotation, they have more than enough talent to get by in the meantime.