The Golden State Warriors now officially employ DeMarcus Cousins now. But Cousins is coming off an extremely serious injury: a torn Achilles tendon. Therefore, the Warriors aren’t going to rush him. That said, when will they expect him to contribute? According to the Mercury News’ Mark Medina, GM Bob Myers has his eye on the playoffs.
“The goal for us is to have him in the playoffs,” Myers says. “That doesn’t mean we’ll wait until the playoffs. When he’s ready to play, he’ll play. We just don’t know when that will be.”
Cousins is coming off another fantastic season, but Achilles injuries are no joke. Last season, the All-Star center put up 25.1 points, 12.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per 36 minutes over 48 games. Those numbers barely change a lick when you take the ‘per 36 minutes’ qualifier away. He’s that good. He also shot 35.4 percent from long range while attempting 6.1 three-point shots per game. Just what the Warriors need, more shooters!
But Myers really doesn’t want to rush his return. And he cannot make that clear enough.
“I think the surgery is anywhere from eight to 10 months from the time you have it. For us, it won’t be, ‘We need you to get out there tonight.’ It’ll be ramping it up slowly. You can’t really tell with a guy until they get on the court and does certain things.”
In the meantime, the Warriors should be fine without him. Since bringing in Kevin Durant, they’ve won back-to-back NBA championships. This, despite finishing second in the Western Conference last season. They’re only getting stronger, even if Cousins presents an interesting challenge for them. There’s no guaranteeing he’ll be at his best when he returns. But at least the Warriors are playing this smart.
And in the meantime, the rest of the league will keep trying to catch up.