It’s been a physically and emotionally-draining couple of weeks for Demarcus Cousins. A partially-torn quad against the Los Angeles Clippers, once thought to be a season-ending injury, caused the big man to miss all but two playoff games. Now, could he finally be ready to hit the court again?
“I am healthy enough to play,” Cousins says. “It’s just a matter of when.”
In a new feature for ESPN, Cousins discusses the injury and his tough road to recovery. The former Cat has been very forthcoming about the challenges he’s faced, mentally and physically, at one point acknowledging his “frustration, anger, sadness and all of the above” for not being able to compete with his teammates.
“It was tough. It took me a few days to get over trying to figure out ‘why’ and say alright, let’s fight through this and get to the next point,” Cousins told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears. “Once I got through those dog days, I just got back to work. It’s all I could do.”
The full interview will air on ESPN this Sunday at 9 a.m., but you can get a sneak peak by watching the video below, which shows Cousins getting back to work on the basketball court.
“I’m healthy enough to play, it’s just a matter of when” – @boogiecousins
— E:60 (@E60) May 28, 2019
As for the NBA finals, things are still a bit cloudy. Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr said Cousins has been practicing, but he’s not sure if the timing will be right to use him in the finals.
“If this were the regular season, I would throw him out there and he would play whatever minutes he could tolerate and we would build him up from there,” Kerr said during a press conference Wednesday. “This is not the regular season. This is the Finals. So we have to figure out what’s the best way to utilize him, how many minutes can he play, what the game feels like, what the match-ups are like.”
Draymond Green was more forward in his comparison between the regular season and the NBA Finals.
“It’s kind of like some kid who grew up in the suburbs going to private school, and then one day you just got dropped in the ‘hood and was told to survive. You got to figure that out. It’s very similar to that.”
Cousins seems a bit more optimistic, who says he’s “healed for the most part.” But does he expect to play in game one against the Toronto Raptors this Thursday?