Speaking to reporters during a USA Basketball practice, Kerr shared some thoughts about the recent injury woes for Cousins:
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Steve Kerr on DeMarcus Cousins: “You’re talking about a player who has dealt with the 2 most feared injuries for NBA players - the Achilles & the ACL - in 2 or 3 years, it’s unheard of. What a blow for him and the Lakers. Hopefully he can get back on the bike and start riding.” https://t.co/QB8KwgcK9I
Cousins' agent, Jeff Schwartz, confirmed his client's torn ACL to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The injury occurred when he banged knees with another player during an on-court workout in Las Vegas.
Wojnarowski noted there's no timeline for Cousins to undergo surgery and his status for the 2019-20 season is in jeopardy.
Kerr knows firsthand how difficult things have been for Cousins over the past year. The 29-year-old had to sit out the first 45 games last season as he rehabbed from a ruptured Achilles suffered in January 2018.
Cousins appeared in 30 games to finish the regular season and Golden State's first two playoff games before going down with a quad injury. He returned in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, posting a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 109-104 Game 2 win.
The Los Angeles Lakers bet on Cousins by signing him to a one-year deal in July. He was expected to compete with JaVale McGee to be their starting center.