Alex Caruso reacts to Lakers waiving DeMarcus Cousins
Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso says DeMarcus Cousins has been a great teammate behind the scenes while his ACL rehab continues.
The Purple and Gold franchise is waiving Cousins, who will likely still be around the Lakers rehabbing his injury.
“It’s the ground that comes with playing in L.A. So to be honest, it’s just every day. It’s just kind of a normal day where something comes out or you hear something. That’s kind of the NBA nowadays,” Alex Caruso said on reports of DeMarcus Cousins being waived, per Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register.
“DeMarcus has been here rehabbing and been a great member of this team behind the scenes that nobody gets to see because the only thing he can do is be a good teammate and travel, and show up to every game and have a good attitude.”
Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with the Lakers this past summer, was projected to be the team’s backup center before tearing his ACL. Dwight Howard is playing that role now.
It is worth noting that the former All-Star big man was expected to get healthy come playoff time before the Lakers decided to waive him to make room for Markieff Morris, who was recently bought out by the Detroit Pistons.
The 29-year-old center has career averages of 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists with the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors. He tore his left quad in the first round of the 2019 playoffs with the Dubs against the Los Angeles Clippers, but he was able to play in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. Cousins rehabbed his torn quad in roughly six weeks just so he could play in the Finals.
Cousins’ injury woes actually began in 2018 when he tore his left Achilles with the Pelicans. He was on track to sign a lucrative contract in the summer of 2018 before the injury