DeMarcus Cousins suffered another major injury on Wednesday when he tore his ACL. Cousins will be sidelined indefinitely, with the Los Angeles Lakers wondering what they are going to do after the calamity.
While fans and analysts have started to throw ideas for the alternatives the Lakers should look to replace Cousins, others are telling them to keep things like they are right now, as they will be fine. That’s a bold statement to make, but ESPN’s Domonique Foxworth doesn’t seem to bother about it, stating that the Purple and Gold might actually be better off without the big man.
On Friday’s edition of First Take, Foxworth gave his singular take:
“That was devastating and upsetting (Cousins’ injury), but stay with me. I’m gonna say that it might make it a little higher chance that they’ll have a successful team deep in the playoffs,” Foxworth said. “I know it’s crazy, I think they might have better chances. I know Boogie Cousins is an All-NBA-type talent and having him on your team is good for depth, but I’m gonna say this, I think that this team is better with LeBron at the 4. I think if you can move LeBron to the 4, which means you move Anthony Davis to the 5, I think this team is better off and Boogie Cousins is not the type of person who’s gonna sit on the bench. If Boogie Cousins is healthy, if he plays the 5, Anthony Davis moves to the 4, LeBron moves to the 3, then I don’t know what you do with Kuzma and Danny Green, so I’m gonna go out of the limb and say that they might be better off without Boogie Cousins on this roster.”
That is indeed an interesting claim by Foxworth, but we’re pretty sure absolutely nobody in the Lakers organization thinks the same as him. Boogie was expected to be center of the Lakers, to make AD play at the 4 without any problem. Now, it’s unclear how they’re going to manage this whole situation. While some say they should pursue Andre Iguodala to fill Boogie's roster spot, others claim that they need to find another big man.
Still, even with Boogie out, the Lakers remain a strong candidate to win the NBA title next year, but they have to make some changes now that Cousins is sidelined.