Warriors video: Showtime ad details return of DeMarcus Cousins after season-ending Achilles injury
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Video: Showtime ad details return of Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins after season-ending Achilles injury

DeMarcus Cousins, Warriors

A little past the halfway mark of the 2018-19 regular season, DeMarcus Cousins is slated to make his debut in a Golden State Warriors uniform on Friday against the LA Clippers. The wait is indeed over.

Showtime Sports tweeted a one-minute video showcasing the grind Cousins endured after suffering a torn Achilles in late January, nine days away from a year’s anniversary of suffering the injury:

“It was probably one of the hardest things physically and mentally that I’ve been through,” said Cousins in the clip of his series: “The Resurgence.” “It can drive you crazy just waking up every day doing the same exact thing. I’ve taken some positives out of the situation, I’ve learned a lot from the negatives. I’ve learned a lot through this process, I’ve learned a lot about myself.

“I’m using these lessons as a way to grow, as a player, as a person. I know what type of player I want to be and I’m not settling for an injury to determine who I am as a player. I determine my worth.”

That torn Achilles forced him to miss the All-Star Game and the remaining three months of the New Orleans Pelicans’ season in 2017-18, leaving little hope for negotiating that max-level extension he was bound to get before sustaining that setback.

As cards would have it, Cousins signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal for the mid-level exception with the Warriors, and will now be incorporated into a star-studded starting lineup, starting Friday against the Clippers at Staples Center.