Nearly an entire calendar year later, former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins is set to take the floor for the first time since his Achilles tear suffered back on January 26, 2018.
Tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 p.m. ET, Boogie is back.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Cousins says being away from the game so long was like getting his favorite toy taken away from him as a child.
“It’s almost like a punishment for me, like when you’re a kid and you get your favorite toy taken away from you for a certain amount of time,” he said. “When you get it back, it’s like you love it even more.”
Following such a severe injury, what can fans expect in his return?
“Obviously I won’t be the same player. I’ve gotten better,” he said with a laugh.
Now that he’ll be back on the floor with the back-to-back NBA champions, Cousins said he’s ready to embrace the bad boy mentality that comes with being a Golden State Warrior.
“We’re the most hated team in sports,” he said. “I would say the Warriors are for sure. They hate Kevin (Durant), they hate me. The only guy they really like is Steph (Curry), and they may hate him as well. They hate Draymond (Green). But, I mean, it is what it is. I can’t worry about that.”
Cousins received an endless amount of backlash for signing with the Warriors as a free agent this past offseason, and that’ll only return when he starts to find his groove again back on the basketball floor.
Check out the entire interview with ESPN here:
Cousins posted footage of his most recent work with the Warriors G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz during his rehab back in December:
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) December 17, 2018
Tomorrow, we get to see Cousins officially suit up for “the most hated team in sports” for the first time in a year.
Welcome back, Big Cuz!