When Will DeMarcus Cousins Make His Debut in Golden State?July 9, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments
Most of the sports world was up in arms when news broke that the Warriors had signed DeMarcus Cousins. Yes, this does mean that the Warriors are now the first team in over 40 years to have five All-Stars from the previous season on their roster. To say they are a “Super Team” is an understatement at this point. But Cousins won’t be ready until at least a few months into the regular season. He suffered a torn left Achilles in January and his return could be anywhere from 9-12 months post-surgery.
Cousins is expected to have an Achilles rehab appointment in mid-July, so we will know more about his timetable after he meets with doctors. The Warriors are expecting a return at some point before the playoffs.
“The goal is for us to have him in the playoffs,” Warriors GM Bob Myers said. “But that doesn’t mean we’ll wait for the playoffs… When he’s ready to play, he’ll play.”
With an already stocked starting lineup, Cousins should have the luxury to ease into his return with the Warriors. In New Orleans, he may have been pressured to return slightly before he was completely ready, risking a setback. Achilles injuries have a high rate of aggravation, and also increase the chances of a player suffering an injury to the opposite Achilles. Being cautious with his return is the only way to decrease Cousins’ chances of suffering a setback and even that comes with no guarantee. There isn’t a reason to even consider drafting Cousins until we know more about his recovery progress and players like Jordan Bell will reap the benefits in his absence.