Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins was scheduled for tests on Thursday amid fears that he has a torn ACL, which would be a third major injury in less than two years for the once-perennial All-Star. Doctors confirmed the diagnosis, putting the four-time All-Star back in the rehab process for the third time in the a year ago and a half.
The Lakers big man suffered the injury while working out in Las Vegas on Monday. After he finally returned to the lineup, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game. Unfortunately for Cousins, he then tore his quad in first round of the playoffs.
And now, yet again, there's this: A serious setback that could cost Cousins the entire season, this time an ACL. He signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors and did not make his season debut until mid-January. According to ESPN, there is no timetable for surgery.
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. And if he can return to form, or at least to around 85-90 percent, Cousins will provide the Lakers the presence it needs to reemerge as one of the league's top teams. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they are exceedingly thin at that position. It's super-unfortunate for a guy like DeMarcus because you just tell how much he loves basketball through all of these injuries - he's fought back and tried to get back as early as possible.
Last year's team emphasized positionless basketball, and having five starters who can score at all three levels, put the ball on the floor and go coast-to-coast certainly fits that system.
Davis and Cousins had played together in New Orleans, and hoped they could reunite one day.