Somehow, some way, the big man returned six weeks later and appeared in all six games of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
«I was terrible in the Finals. One-leg bandit on the floor,» Cousins said on Showtime’s «All the Smoke» podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. «But I wanted to be a part of it. In the Finals, you play hurt.
«That’s when you lay your body on the line. I went out there and I gave it what I had. I helped in spots. But I wasn’t supposed to be on the floor.»
The four-time All-Star struggled in certain games, but was extremely valuable in the Warriors’ two wins in the series:
— Game 2 = 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks
— Game 5 = 14 points, six rebounds, assist, steal, block
«I rehabbed a torn quad in six weeks. I had no business (being) on the floor,» he said.
So how did Cousins find a way to be in uniform?
«I just kept telling myself, ‘This is what I’ve played for my entire career — to be on this stage, to have this opportunity. Whatever I gotta do to be able to be apart of that, I’m gonna do it,'» the 29-year-old said. «I don’t even know how I did it honestly.
«Do I regret it? Hell no. I’m OK with the results.»
Cousins signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in July, but tore his left ACL in mid-August and is out indefinitely. Depending on how far the Lakers advance in the playoffs, there is a chance he returns at some point this season.
DeMarcus Cousins says he wasn’t supposed to play for Warriors in NBA Finals originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area