DeMarcus Cousins to work with NRG eSports as he continues ACL rehab
Four-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins is joining the NRG eSports organization.
Cousins, who was released by the Los Angeles Lakers on February 24, is still rehabbing from a torn ACL.
Just joined @NRGgg
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) March 21, 2020
DeMarcus Cousins was rehabbing his injury with the Lakers despite being waived, but with the coronavirus spreading, the NBA shut down all of its facilities after suspending play following Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test.
The 29-year-old big man signed a one-year deal with the Lakers last summer. He was projected to be Los Angeles’ backup center before tearing his ACL in Las Vegas during a pick-up game. Former NBA superstar Dwight Howard was playing that role well for the Purple and Gold before the league suspended play.
Cousins 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. He was the fifth overall pick by the Kings in the 2010 NBA Draft. Boogie played his college ball at Kentucky with Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall.
Cousins’ injury woes began back in 2018 when he tore his left Achilles with the Pelicans in a game against the Houston Rockets. He was on track to sign a lucrative contract in the summer of 2018 before he tore his Achilles.
DeMarcus then tore his left quad in the first round of the 2019 playoffs with the Warriors against the Los Angeles Clippers, but he was able to play in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors where the Dubs lost in six games.
The NBA and its owners want to resume play in the summer. The CDC is currently recommending no large events of 50 or more people for two months.