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NBA stars react to DeMarcus Cousins’ ACL injury

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Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins reportedly suffered an ACL injury during a workout session in Las Vegas on Monday morning. In light of this unfortunate news, several players from the around the NBA have reacted to the devastating news.

This includes Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal, Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas, Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray and injured Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic:

Former player Kendrick Perkins also weighed in:

Before the ACL injury was even reported, Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler responded to the initial injury report, noting Cousins likely rushed back from the quad injury he suffered in the playoffs:

Boogie signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Lakers in July. However, now he could miss much of the 2019-20 campaign due to his ACL injury, if not all of it. He is expected to undergo further testing in Los Angeles this week to determine the severity of the injury.

Cousins is no stranger to injury, sadly. The four-time All-Star suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon in 2018, and then that torn quad in April. The big man had been looking forward to finally having another healthy season:

“My goal is to play 82 games. I want a full season of health,” Cousins told Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times five weeks ago.

In 30 appearances with the Warriors last season (all starts), Cousins racked up averages of 16.3 points on 48.0 percent shooting from the field, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals in 25.7 minutes per outing.

With LeBron James, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins on their roster, the Lakers were being viewed as a top contender for the coming season. Without Cousins, however, newly appointed head coach Frank Vogel will likely have to call on JaVale McGee a bit more than expected, and Los Angeles will look elsewhere for center help.