Stephen Curry: ‘Going to be an adjustment’ to integrate DeMarcus Cousins
The latest reporting indicates DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his debut with the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 18 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Uncertainty abounds concerning how the Warriors will integrate the superstar center into their system and rotation, and Stephen Curry admits Cousins’ addition will certainly present some challenges.
“We understand there’s going to be an adjustment for everybody,” Curry said after Tuesday night’s 122-95 victory over the New York Knicks, via CBS Sports. “And, hopefully, it will give us another type of challenge in terms of really being disciplined and diligent on how we perform as a team with DeMarcus in the rotation and take us to new heights.
“His first couple games, who knows how it will go. But with the collective IQ we have in our locker room and understanding the unselfishness around what we do, we’ll be able to figure it out quickly. But it’s going to be an adjustment for sure.”
The Warriors obviously have an abundance of players who demand the ball on the offensive end of the court, so it will be interesting to see how Cousins adapts to not being consistently one of the top options.
That said, Cousins is simply looking for an opportunity to jump-start his career, having been sidelined for so long with an Achilles injury. The nature of Cousins’ situation is part of the reason he signed a one-year deal with the Warriors for the veteran’s minimum in the first place, and he’s made it clear Golden State is a great place to get things back on track.
Getting his rhythm and legs back will be the top priority as Cousins works himself back into game shape. After that, Curry is correct that everyone involved will be tasked with making the appropriate adjustments if the Cousins experiment is to pay dividends.