Andre Iguodala says Warriors will help DeMarcus Cousins avoid overdoing things
Andre Iguodala has seen his fair share of great players during a lengthy 14-year NBA career, and DeMarcus Cousins is one who has caught his attention during the latter part of it.
Having played the last five seasons with the Golden State Warriors, the sixth man noted just how the world has flipped, turning Cousins from a feared foe to a key asset in the pursuit of a three-peat, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
“I don’t think guys realize sometimes when we were playing him in Sacramento all those years that it was an easy win,” Iguodala said after hosting the second annual Players Technology Summit. “But when we were on the court with him I used to say, ‘We got to figure out something with this dude. This dude got it.’ He is multitalented and the best center in the league.”
Cousins went through the first day of free agency without receiving a call, forcing his hand to call up Warriors GM Bob Myers and strike a deal for $5.3 million after coming off a season-ending injury.
“He had a tough [Achilles tendon] injury. He has been working hard to get back,” said Iguodala. “We’re going to be smart with him and give him an opportunity where he doesn’t have to put too much pressure on himself. He doesn’t have to overdo it.
“I’m excited to get with him on the court. I’m going to feed him a lot. I’m excited to see him get back to form and just enjoy the game.”
The Warriors won’t get Cousins back until late December or January, according to the expected recovery time, but Golden State has been clear it has no plan to rush the big man back, with enough pieces in place to sail the boat to the midway line.