Los Angeles Lakers have a problem for the 2019-20 season of NBA even before the season started. Their new Centre DeMarcus Cousins suffered a serious injury, which is feared to leave him out of action for the rest of the season.
Cousins was reported to have left the court while an off season workout in Las Vegas on Monday due to ‘bumping knees’ with other teammate. The initial suspicion of torn ACL in his left knee was confirmed on Thursday, when his agent Jeff Schwartz was talking to ESPN about a surgery that would leave very little possibility of Cousins stepping on the court this season again.
Video of the injury to DeMarcus Cousins:
The surgery would be his third in the last 18 months. At the start of 2018, playing for New Orleans Pelicans, Cousins had just achieved a remarkable feat of 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists in a single game, a few days after which he suffered a horrific left Achilles tear. One full year gone, Cousins, coming back from the injury, made his debut for his new team, Golden State Warriors. Hardly had he played four months, he suffered an injury in the left quadriceps. He came back from the injury in the same season and participated in the finals of NBA 2018-19 season.
The next season, he would sign a one-year, $3.5 million deal for Los Angeles Lakers with a renewed hope of being fit enough to play ’82 games’ in the season.
“I’m working my tail off every single day,” Cousins told ESPN of his health when he had signed for the Lakers. “My quad is 100 percent healed.
“I’m building it up every day and building up my lower body every single day, and I’m getting stronger, getting in better shape. My plan is to come into training camp in tip-top shape. My goal is to play 82 games this season. I want a full season of health and going to the playoffs, and whatever happens happens.”
His dreams for the 2019-20 NBA season though, seems to have been shattered much before he could even take to the court for the first time in the season.
The injury to the once NBA all star and the 2016 Olympic Gold medalist left the basketball world feeling sorry. Most notably, his current Lakers teammate Kyle Kuzma and former teammate Dramond Green expressed their feelings on the injury to DeMarcus Cousins.
“It’s no joke when you get injured,” Kuzma told ESPN after USA Basketball’s practice at the Lakers’ facility on Thursday. “This is our livelihood and it’s something that we love to do. 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.
“That’s kind of how the ball goes sometimes. You just never really know. … He was going to be a big part of what we’re going to do.”
Green, who was in the news a few days back while talking about Kevin Durant, said that he was hoping to see Cousins show his worth in the upcoming season.
“One of my goals coming into this season was for DeMarcus to destroy everybody and come back and show how great of a player he is and get what I think he deserves,” Green told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears. “I’m really at a loss for words about it. It’s one that really hurt me for sure.”