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DeMarcus Cousins knows Warriors are ‘most hated team in sports’

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DeMarcus Cousins is about to make his season debut for the Golden State Warriors. While he is excited about his return, Cousins is not expecting a warm welcome from opposing teams’ fans.

Cousins made a surprising decision back in the summer when he opted to join the stacked Warriors squad. Fans immediately criticized his decision. The superstar center is aware of it, but he insisted that he is not paying attention to any of the naysayers.

“I don’t really pay attention to storylines,” Cousins said via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “I mean, they’re gonna say what they have to say. They’re gonna add their opinions. We’re the most hated team in sports.”

DeMarcus Cousins played 48 games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season. The 28-year-old failed to finish the campaign after he sustained a torn Achilles. After undergoing surgery and months of rehab, the former Kentucky standout is about to make his return. Barring any setback, he is set to make his awaited comeback on Friday.

Cousins, who signed a one-year deal worth $5.3 million with the Warriors, averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game last season. It remains to be seen whether or not he would recover mentally from the major injury, but the four-time NBA All-Star appears ready to prove his doubters wrong.

The former fifth overall pick revealed that he reached out to NBA legend Dominique Wilkins for advice during his recovery process. Wilkins also sustained a torn Achilles in 1992 and successfully recovered from the setback.