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Warriors coach Steve Kerr says DeMarcus Cousins’ overall happiness is better after long rehab

Steve Kerr, DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins is nearing his eventual return to the basketball court and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr thinks his overall happiness is better.

Cousins has had a remarkable fall from grace and missed out on a big payday when he tore his Achilles last year.

Kerr told Anthony Slater of The Athletic:

“I have a lot of compassion for him because what he’s been through. When you think about when the injury happened, he’s getting ready to sign a max or near max contract, whether it was with New Orleans or something else. A life-changing amount of money. Not to mention the gratification that comes with being one of the best players in the world, an All-Star right in his prime. That all went down the drain for him. So think about that. As he’s going through his rehab, he’s only human, he had to be thinking: ‘Man, what happened? All of a sudden I’m in Golden State, on the mid-level for one year, watching everyone else play basketball?’ That’s not easy. So we’ve tried to help him through that. And, like I said, the last couple weeks, his overall happiness just seems better. He’s in a better place.”

Cousins has been through an awful lot within the past year. He received a ton of hate for signing with the Warriors during the offseason. But he didn’t have many options and Golden State gives him a great opportunity to show that he’s back to normal.

If he plays well for the Warriors, he may be able to secure that long-term contract that he’s looking for.