Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins: 'I Was Ready to Quit' After Torn Quad Injury

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2019

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 2:  DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against the Toronto Raptors  during Game Two of the NBA Finals on June 2, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Chrise Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)
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DeMarcus Cousins worked his way back from a torn Achilles only to suffer a torn quad at the start of the postseason, which caused him to question his entire career:

Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols

“I was just ready to quit. Like, throw the towel in" @BoogieCousins sits down to talk about how devastated he was after tearing his quad in the first round of the playoffs, but then dug in and fought back to become a crucial piece for the Warriors in these NBA Finals. https://t.co/cUkRsz9sel

"I had to dig deep. I had to do some soul-searching," Cousins told Rachel Nichols. "Throughout both injuries, there were times where I was like, 'Forget it.' ... I couldn't go out that way." 

The Golden State Warriors center missed more than a month with the latest injury but worked his way back in time to compete in the NBA Finals.

After playing just eight minutes of Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors, Cousins made a huge impact in Game 2 with 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in 28 minutes of action.

He was once again starting to look like the player who was named an All-Star in each of the past four seasons.

The 28-year-old initially surprised many when he signed a one-year deal with Golden State in the offseason, but he wasn't able to play in games until late January, nearly a year after first suffering his Achilles injury while a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Warriors also gave him the opportunity to compete in the playoffs for the first time in his career, but he was once again sidelined in his second game.

It appeared he would miss the entire postseason, but he fought his way back and now could be a significant contributor going forward. It will also help him earn a new deal as he goes into free agency once again this summer.