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Steve Kerr and Draymond Green both feel for former Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a workout earlier this week.
“I saw it; I’m devastated for DeMarcus,” Kerr said during a U.S. men’s national team practice Thursday. “I read it on the way to practice. It’s been a couple of years of hell for DeMarcus.”
Kerr highlighted the torn Achilles tendon that kept Cousins — now with the Los Angeles Lakers —sidelined for much of the 2018-19 season, as well as the quad injury that limited him in the postseason.
“I was really hoping that this would be year for him, upcoming with the Lakers, where he could get healthy, get his rhythm, get his conditioning and really start his comeback,” he said. “We’re all crushed for him. Everybody in this gym, all these fellow players and coaches. This is a small community and so everyone’s been talking about and we’ve all reached out to him. We all just feel terrible for him.”
Green also offered his sympathies.
“One of my goals coming into this season was for DeMarcus to destroy everybody and come back and show how great of a player he is and get what I think he deserves,” Green told The Undefeated. “I’m really at a loss for words about it. It’s one that really hurt me for sure.”
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Cousins spent one year with the Warriors after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in January 2018 that significantly limited his value on the free-agent market.
The four-time NBA All-Star was a free agent again in 2019, and again saw minimal interest from other teams before signing a one-year contract with the Lakers.
Cousins’ Lakers teammate Kyle Kuzma also weighed in on the injury after the Team USA practice.
“He was going to be a big part of what we’re going to do,” he said. “It’s no joke when you get injured. This is our livelihood and is something that we love to do. It’s super unfortunate for a guy like DeMarcus. You can tell how much he loves basketball through all these injuries — he’s fought back and tried to get back as early as possible. That’s kind of how the ball goes sometimes.”
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