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Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins says coming to decision on return date was ‘a battle’

DeMarcus Cousins

The much-anticipated debut of Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins will finally take place.

Cousins is expected to suit up for the Warriors on January 18, when the team takes on the Los Angeles Clippers.

According to Warriors beat writer Mark Medina, the All-Star big says it wasn’t an easy decision to make.

How DeMarcus Cousins deciding on Jan. 18 vs Clippers as target date: “It was a battle between myself, the training staff and the guys at the top. Eventually, we all got on the same page. We settled for that date.”

Cousins, 28 hasn’t played in the NBA since suffering a torn Achilles last season while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans.

He then decided to join Golden State on a one year deal worth $5.3 million after not getting a contract extension from his former team.

Initial reports said that Cousins’ debut with the Dubs won’t be until April or May, but his recovery was faster than expected. He was already cleared for basketball activities, including 5-on-5 scrimmages as early as November last year. He was then to practice with Golden State’s G-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors in early December.

Medina reported that Cousins wanted to debut for the Warriors on January 14, when they face the Pelicans, but ultimately decided it was best to do it on a later date.

When healthy, Cousins is one of the most dominant big men in the league. He’s managed to put up career averages of 21.2 points and 11 rebounds.

Cousins will be a welcome addition for the Warriors, especially if he can put up at least half of the numbers he’s capable of.

Head coach Steve Kerr declared that Cousins will start on his first game back.