The Golden State Warriors have been waiting for DeMarcus Cousins to make his season debut since they signed him in the offseason.
That day is finally here as Cousins is set to make his debut for the Warriors when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
Following the team’s shootaround, head coach Steve Kerr confirmed that Cousin won’t have a formal minutes restriction in his first game back from an Achilles injury.
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Kerr also added that he wants Cousins to “find a comfort level” in the coming weeks and will ultimately find his rhythm with his new team.
This comes after a report surfaced on Thursday that Cousins wanted to return a few weeks ago, but the Warriors would’ve had a 10-minute restriction for Cousins if he did return at that time. Ultimately, Cousins decided to rehab a little bit more, so he didn’t have heavy restriction when he came back.
It will mark nearly a full calendar year since the star big man suffered a torn Achilles tendon last January as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. Prior to the injury, the All-Star center was in the midst of having one of the best seasons of his NBA career, averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Obviously, Cousins may not be as explosive as he used to be the minute that he steps back out onto the court.
The Warriors haven’t had a dynamic center like this in the past, so it’s definitely going to be interesting to see what Cousins looks like in the team’s offense.