Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins ‘still a possibility to play this year`
Frank Vogel, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, hasn’t ruled out the possibility of DeMarcus Cousins playing this year. Per Harrison Faigen Silver Screen and Roll, the 29-year-old has been hard at work at trying to get back.
“But that’s just like light jogging and those types of things. There is still a long way to go,” Vogel cautioned, but he added that he thinks there is also still a chance of Cousins coming back.
”As far as I know he’s still on track. He’s still a possibility to play this year, but I can’t really go into more detail,” Vogel said.
Former All-Star DeMarcus Cousins signed a one year, 3.5 million deal with the Lakers back in July in hopes of rebuilding his value. Unfortunately, Cousins suffered a torn ACL during a workout in Las Vegas during the offseason.
The Lakers should take caution of playing Cousins if he’s not 100 percent ready to go. Cousins was clearly not the same player last year as he averaged 16.3 points, 3.6 assists, and 8.2 rebounds per game. However, a constrained Cousins is better than no Cousins at all, and he could very well demonstrate to be a dangerous weapon for the Lakers come playoff time.
Meanwhile, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee will keep on parting minutes at the center position. For the year, the two veterans are joining to average 14 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game, helping hold the fort for the Purple and Gold defensively as well as offensively for the former who continues to connect from point-blank range efficiently.