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Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins reveals the big mistake that led to torn ACL

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Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins tore his left ACL this past summer during a pickup game in Las Vegas.

On the latest episode of “All The Smoke” with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Cousins admitted he shouldn’t have been in the gym that day playing in the first place:

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, and Cousins has gained new respect for Howard since seeing him up close.

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 KingsNew 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.

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