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Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins spoke with Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay, Wes Matthews about Achilles injury

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The Golden State Warriors have brought aboard another All-Star caliber talent in center DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million for next season.

However, there are questions about what type of player he will be once he returns from a torn Achilles tendon that has historically changed careers for many NBA players. With that in mind, during his introductory press conference Cousins stated that he has spoken to other players who came back from the same injury, including Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay, Wes Matthews, and Dominique Wilkins, according to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News.

Cousins is taking steps toward finding the best route to fully recover from the injury that many NBA players before him have suffered. These players know the physical rigors that come with the territory of the injury, which often limits their effectiveness after.

This was the case for Bryant, who suffered other nagging injuries that came about from his body compensating for his Achilles. It’s not an injury that a player should typically rush back from given that it needs to completely heal before there can be any progress toward performing at a high level, let alone like an All-Star.

It is an injury that varies from each situation, as Cousins’ recovery could be much different given that he is a much bigger player physically than the five guys he spoke to. It should help that there’s not any rush for him to get him back on the court early next season, giving him a strong chance to return to being the star player he was prior to the injury.