The Golden State Warriors may not have had the start to the season that they envisioned, but there has always been one shoe that has yet to drop.
The team is still awaiting the return of prized offseason acquisition DeMarcus Cousins and head coach Steve Kerr confirmed that Cousins is slated to return later this month.
Following Golden State’s 122-95 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday, star guard Stephen Curry weighed in on Cousin making his debut and admitted that it “will be an adjustment” for the entire team.
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Curry also admitted that the Warriors do have a ton of basketball IQ in their locker room and that should help the team get Cousin integrated into the rotation.
The Warriors sent shockwaves through the NBA when they signed Cousins to a one-year deal in the offseason. The one-year contract gives Cousins a chance to prove to potential suitors that he’s recovered from the Achilles injury that he suffered last January. Like Curry alludes to, the first couple of games could be a feeling-out process, but the ceiling of the team’s potential certainly increases.
It’s going to be a different look to the Warriors lineup that they haven’t really had at any point during their dynasty. Golden State has never had a traditional center at the superstar level like Cousins. Players like JaVale McGee and Zaza Pachulia served a role, but don’t possess the offensive explosion that Cousins does when he’s at 100 percent. While it’s possible that it’ll take some time, a player of Cousin’s caliber could do wonders for the struggles that the team has been having without Damian Jones in the lineup.