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Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins on track to get healthy by playoffs

Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel says center DeMarcus Cousins is on track to get healthy by the 2020 playoffs.

Cousins is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee. Vogel gave an update on the Lakers big man during his press conference on Saturday at All-Star media day in Chicago, via CBS Sports:

“He’s on track to get healthy by the playoffs and we’ll have to see where he’s at with rhythm and conditioning and timing and all that stuff,” Vogel said. “But there is a possibility he returns this season, yes.”

Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Lakers this past summer. He was projected to be the team’s backup center. Dwight Howard is playing that role now.

Cousins, who is a four-time All-Star, 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. Boogie tore his left quad in the first round of the 2019 playoffs with the Warriors, but was able to play in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, where the Dubs lost in six games.

Cousins’ injury woes began in 2018, when he tore his left Achilles with the Pelicans. He was actually on track to sign a lucrative contract in the summer of 2018 before he tore his Achilles tendon.

The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference. If Cousins is able to play in the postseason, LA might be the overwhelming favorite to win the title.