Lakers vs Rockets News: Anthony Davis Opens up on the Return of DeMarcus Cousins

Published 01/11/2021, 10:24 AM EST
Jan 2, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Houston Rockets reacts following a call during the first quarter of a game against the Sacramento Kings at Toyota Center on January 02, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


LA Lakers had an odd reunion last season. They saw three former New Orleans Pelicans stars in Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Rajon Rondo on their team. As AD and Rondo went on to become champions, Boogie failed to break out of his poor spell of injuries in time for the bubble.

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However, Cousins has found his way back on the court at the Houston Rockets, alongside John Wall and James Harden. While he did get ejected in his first game against LA, his former teammate Davis was happy to see him back on the court.

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“Everyone is genuinely happy to see him back on the floor. I mean he’s a guy who’s a great talent. Also, a nice guy off the floor, and guys are happy, especially on his side being his teammate. Last year, and me personally in New Orleans for a couple of years. Guys are happy to see him back on the floor playing the game that he loves.”

Lakers: Anthony Davis preparing for a big-man battle this season

Anthony Davis may have respect for Cousins as a former teammate and be genuinely excited to see him back on the court, but he is yet another big-man AD has to worry about this season.

He has to face players like Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert in his conference, while the East has beasts like Bam Adebayo and Joel Embiid.

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Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots a free throw against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Boogie Cousins used to be one of the best centers in the Western Conference. However, his recent injury history has really impeded the progress of his career. Nonetheless, he is still capable of getting a double-double on any given night.

The Lakers have built a strong front-court rotation by adding Montrezl Harrel and Marc Gasol to the team.

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Now, the only question is whether all the pieces will fit together in LA’s quest to repeat as NBA Champions. Davis is one of the primary pieces enabling that dream, alongside LeBron James.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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