Even before his Achilles injury, DeMarcus Cousins had his flaws. He was known as a hot-headed locker room cancer who seemingly tore team chemistry apart. After his injury, well, the league all but gave up on him.
He had to come crawling to Golden State on a vet minimum deal that ended with more injury and questions for the All-Star big man. Now, with the Lakers, nobody is quite sure what to expect.
But Warriors' superstar Klay Thompson made his thoughts about it clear: DeMarcus was a huge pickup for L.A.
I’ll miss him [Cousins]. I know he’s going to be a huge asset for the Lakers. When they slow it down, he’s so good on the block and such a great decision maker. People don’t realize what a great decision maker he is. Above all, I love his will to compete. He was very hurt last year during our Finals run but he was still out there making a huge impact and getting double-doubles and he won us a couple games, honestly.
He’s just such a gamer and I’m going to miss competing with him. L.A. got a very good player, who’s very hungry. I know he’s eager to get out there and show everybody he’s still one of the best players in the world because he has all the talent.
DeMarcus Cousins signed a two-year deal with the Lakers this offseason, giving him a chance to regain some of his All-Star form before he hits the market again as a free agent in 2021.
Last season with the Dubs, his play was almost unpredictable. His heart, however, was always there.
So as Los Angeles hopes to secure their first Championship in nearly a decade, they will need all hands on deck, including the ones of Cousins -- who is ready to prove to the world he still has something left to give.