DeMarcus Cousins: I'll come back 'when I'm ready'

NBA.com Global on Jul 08, 2018 08:04 AM
DeMarcus Cousins: I'll come back 'when I'm ready'
FILE - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 4: DeMarcus Cousins of Team World practices for the 2017 Africa Game as part of the Basketball Without Borders Africa at the Ticketpro Dome on August 4, 2017 in Gauteng province of Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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After harboring hopes of returning from an Achilles tear by training camp, DeMarcus Cousins scaled back his expectations while talking to reporters in Las Vegas on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).

The All-Star center, who officially signed with the Golden State Warriors, told media members that he would re-take the court "when I'm ready."

"I was aiming for training camp, but I've kind of communicated with the staff and the coaches," Cousins said. "It's kind of up in the air. It'll be when I'm ready, one hundred percent ready."

Cousins suffered his injury in the midst of a career season with New Orleans in which he averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. He then shocked NBA circles by announcing via Showtime's Twitter account that he would be joining the defending champions. If healthy, Cousins would give Golden State five current All-Stars on its roster, joining Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

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