Following reports that DeMarcus Cousins returned to full-contact practice for the first time in a month, it seems inevitable that the big man will return to the court this season.
The question now becomes, will Cousins be ready to suit up for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday Night?
The Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr seems undecided about Cousins role in Game 1, but does expect him to be available at some point.
“It’d be great. But there’s a lot of factors. He’s gotta be ready, he’s gotta feel good conditioning-wise. I have no idea at this point.”
Cousins has not played since suffering a partially torn quad in game 2 of the first round, but has not allowed the injury to deter him.
“There was obviously a panic, but once the doctors came out and I realized what it was, I gathered myself from a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness and all of the above. I told myself to get back to work and do it all over again. That’s what I did, and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”
If Cousins is able to make an impact in this series, it may help him out in a few weeks as he is set to hit the market as a free agent for the 2nd consecutive summer.
For now though, Cousins is focused on winning a ring, and doing whatever is necessary to help out his teammates.
“It’s just about me being healthy. Of course, I want to be out there to help my team and to play the game that I love to play. I also just want to be healthy. This is an opportunity to do that.”