Warriors’ goal for DeMarcus Cousins is to have him for playoffs
The Golden State Warriors won’t shoot high when it comes to the return of their recent All-Star signing DeMarcus Cousins, who is recovering from a season-ending Achilles injury.
The big man said immediately after the agreement was reported that he would shoot to be ready for training camp, only to follow days later by saying he won’t return unless he is 100 percent ready to do so.
General manager Bob Myers had more humble expectations but warned Boogie would see action as soon as he is ready to take the floor.
“The goal for us is to have him in the playoffs,” Myers said at halftime of the Warriors’ 87-81 summer-league win on Sunday over the Houston Rockets, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. “That doesn’t mean we’ll wait until the playoffs. When he’s ready to play, he’ll play. We just don’t know when that will be.”
Myers will play the cautious approach, as Cousins first sustained the injury in February and could be out until December or January, as first reported.
“I think the surgery is anywhere from eight to 10 months from the time you have it,” Myers said. “For us, it won’t be, ‘We need you to get out there tonight. It’ll be ramping it up slowly. You can’t really tell with a guy until they get on the court and does certain things.”
The Warriors will need the likes of Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney to step up and deliver for the first half of the season until the All-Star big man can make his return, making this a star-studded starting lineup from top to bottom.