LA Lakers offseason recruit DeMarcus Cousins says he is now fully fit after a quad injury and wants to play in every game next season. The four-time All-Star managed just 30 games for Golden State in the regular season last term and then played eight games in the playoffs as the Warriors reached the NBA Finals, going down in six games to Toronto Raptors.
Cousins sustained a quad injury in Game 2 of Golden State’s first round series against LA Clippers then returned for the Finals but was clearly not at full fitness at that stage. The center says he has now recovered, and hopes to play in all 82 regular season games next year after agreeing a one-year deal with the Lakers. “I’m getting stronger, getting in better shape.
My plan is to come into camp in tip-top shape. My goal is to play 82 games this season,” said Cousins. “I want a full season of health and going to the playoffs, and whatever happens, happens.” It remains to be seen as to whether or not Cousins will be able to stay fit for the entire campaign. The 28-year-old did play in 81 games in his rookie season with Sacramento Kings but he has only managed over 60 appearances in a season once in the last six years.