DeMarcus Cousins signed another one-year deal this offseason -- this time with the Los Angeles Lakers -- and he's setting some lofty goals for himself as he plays for his fourth NBA team in the past four seasons. His goal for the 2019-20 season? To play 82 games -- something that the nine-year veteran has never accomplished during his NBA career.
Cousins also says his quad, which he tore during the opening round of the playoffs, is 100 percent healthy. It was an injury that required surgery and sidelined him for two months until eventually returning in Game 1 of the Finals.
DeMarcus Cousins on his health right now: "I'm working my tail off every single day. My quad is 100% healed. I'm building it up every day...I'm getting stronger. Getting in better shape. My plan is to come into camp in tiptop shape. My goal is to play 82 gms this season." #Lakers— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) July 11, 2019
There is no doubt that Cousins is still an effective player when he's healthy. However, the recent injuries -- he also suffered a severe Achilles injury that sidelined him for a full year until he returned midway through the 2018-19 season -- have limited him. Although his role with the Golden State Warriors was different from his role as a go-to player during the first eight seasons of his career, he clearly didn't have the same explosion post-Achilles injury as he did prior to it.