DeMarcus Cousins has suffered another serious injury, this time by tearing his ACL. After becoming a free agent this summer, Cousins finally signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, who are like the Warriors last season a championship-contending team. This recent injury is the third major injury Cousins had in less than two years.
Cousins unlucky streak with serious injuries started on January 26th, 2018 after suffering from a torn Achilles tendon when he was still playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. This injury came in a really bad time, especially since both Cousins and Davis started to develop great chemistry between them and Cousins was playing exceptionally well averaging 25 points and 12 rebounds per game. After his first injury he was ruled out for the rest of the season.
After recovering from that injury and landing a spot with the Golden State Warriors, who were aiming for third consecutive NBA championships, this was a perfect chance for DeMarcus Cousins to win a championship and establish himself as someone who can still be a useful player for a serious team. Unfortunately for him, on April 16th this year he suffered a fully torn quadriceps. He was able to recover relatively fast and he actually saw some limited action in the playoffs.
As of today, when it’s pretty much official Cousins has a torn ACL, and this will definitely affect his future in the league and perhaps even his chances to stay with the Lakers this season. When you do simple math, you come to the conclusion that in the last 566 days Boogie moved to two championship-caliber teams but at the same time torn his Achilles, his quad and now his ACL.
Steve Kerr who was Cousins coach during his stint with the Warriors said he feels devasted about the fact his former player had another career-ending injury.
“I’m devastated for DeMarcus. It’s been a couple of years of hell with the injury. First the Achilles, and then the quad during the playoffs. I was really hoping this season would be a chance to get healthy, get his rhythm and conditioning and really start his comeback. We’re all crushed for him.”
Warriors’ Steve Kerr on DeMarcus Cousins’ knee injury: “I’m devastated for DeMarcus. It’s been a couple of years of hell. I was really hoping this season would be a chance to get healthy. We’re all crushed for him.” pic.twitter.com/qa0BmQhAFJ
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) 15 August 2019
It will be interesting to see how the situation evolves in the next couple of days and what will be the move Lakes make especially since they are now down one center. Anthony Davis already expressed that he doesn’t feel comfortable playing that position so the only other real big men in their rotation is JaVale McGee. It’s also unclear how long will Cousins recovery fast and how will that impact his career moving forward, especially now after his third big injury.