After suffering a torn Achilles, DeMarcus Cousins was forced to sit out of what would have been his first carer playoff appearance in the 2017-2018 season.
That was part of why the former Kentucky Wildcats star assured he’d get his chance to get back to the postseason in 2018-2019 by signing a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
The contract not only set the center up with a chance to win a championship but to also provided the opportunity to get back on the court in a low-pressure setting and set himself up for a big-time payday this coming off-season.
All seemed as if it was going as planned until Game 2 of Golden State’s Eastern Conference series with the Los Angeles Clippers, when the injury bug struck again as the four-time NBA All-Star suffered a torn quad muscle.
Many speculated that the injury would be season-ending, but Cousins has now told ESPN that he indeed plans to make a return this season.
“For me, my goal is I ain’t planning on sitting,” Cousins said prior to the Warriors Monday’s semifinal Game 4 against the Houston Rockets. “I don’t know the reality of it. But for me, that is not what I’m planning on doing...It’s definitely some type of bad movie. But I think it will have a very nice ending. Just wait for it.”
After one year playing under John Calipari at Kentucky, Cousins spent six and a half years with the Sacramento Kings before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, joining another former Kentucky star in Anthony Davis.
The Pelicans made it to the postseason last season, but due to Cousins’ torn Achilles, he was forced to sit out.
Thus, the quarterfinals game against the Clippers that saw Cousins suffer the quad injury was just his second career postseason game.
Though the injury is serious, the big man appears poised to make a return this season, as he looks to win his first NBA championship and help the Warriors win their fourth title in the past five years.