Lakers News: DeMarcus Cousins Return from Injury Not Ruled out by Frank Vogel

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands for the National Anthem before a pre-season game against the Golden State Warriors on October 14, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. 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 Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Despite suffering a torn ACL in August, DeMarcus Cousins could play for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2019-20.

Head coach Frank Vogel said Sunday the team hasn't "closed the door" on a return at some point this season, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Cousins picked up the injury during an offseason workout in Las Vegas. 

Cousins has been extremely unlucky with injuries as of late, appearing in just 78 regular-season games over the past two seasons.

The four-time All-Star tore his Achilles in 2018, causing him to miss about a year of action before playing 30 games with the Golden State Warriors in the second half of the season. He then suffered a torn quadriceps muscle in the playoffs, limiting him to just eight games in his first postseason appearance.

Of course, Cousins was expected to miss the entire postseason following his injury but returned in time for the NBA Finals.

This could provide some faith he could make another quick recovery to return before expectations.

As Brad Botkin of CBS Sports reported, basketball players generally return from a torn ACL in nine to 12 months.

Klay Thompson tore his ACL in mid-June and many are expecting him to return in time for the playoffs. He has only been ruled out through the All-Star break.

If Cousins' rehab goes well and the Lakers reach expectations with a deep playoff run, the center could make an impact in May or June.

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