DeMarcus Cousins says ‘sparring’ against Kevin Durant is as good as it gets
It appears that basketball players can have their sparring partners, too. That’s according to Golden State Warriors All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, who says that ‘sparring’ against superstar Kevin Durant is as good as it gets.
Anthony Slater of The Athletic wrote about Cousins’ progressing rehabilitation process, including his comments on going one-on-one with Durant during team practices.
“To get practice reps against that? Man,” Cousins said of Durant. “We honestly started out just kidding around. It’s become a lot more serious as I’ve gotten more healthy. But to spar against a partner like that on an everyday basis, that’s as good as it gets.”
Cousins, who shocked the basketball world when he signed with the defending champs in the offseason, is still on the verge of fully recovering from his Achilles injury. He has been practicing full scrimmages with the Warriors’ affiliate team in the G League and has been having individual battles with Durant and Draymond Green.
The Warriors looked rather shaky and disorganized at the start of the season. But with their stars coming back to the fold after numerous injuries, the Dubs have regained their feet and is currently second in the stacked Western Conference with a 23-11 record.
With Cousins still shaking off the rust from not playing in an NBA game for almost a year, he and the Warriors organization should opt to be more patient with his rehab. But 2019 is just around the corner, and the time and pressure are now looking at Cousins in the eye.