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Kyle Kuzma on DeMarcus Cousins’ ACL tear: ‘It’s super-unfortunate for a guy like DeMarcus’

Kyle Kuzma

Los Angeles Lakers small forward Kyle Kuzma says he feels really bad for DeMarcus Cousins, who tore his left ACL in a workout and will miss the entire 2019-20 season.

Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Lakers this summer after playing with the Golden State Warriors last season.

Kuzma said it was hard to hear about Cousins’ injury because “we know how much he loves basketball.”

“He was going to be a big part of what we’re going to do,” Kuzma said, via Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press. “It’s no joke when you get injured. This is our livelihood and is something that we love to do. It’s super-unfortunate for a guy like DeMarcus. You can tell how much he loves basketball through all these injuries — he’s fought back and tried to get back as early as possible. That’s kind of how the ball goes sometimes.”

DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles during the 2017-18 season. He then tore his quad in the 2019 playoffs. This ACL tear is just the latest setback for the four-time All-Star and it’s hard not to feel sorry for Boogie.

Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 30 games last season while shooting 48.0 percent from the field, 27.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free-throw line. He was likely going to be the Lakers’ backup center next season.