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DeMarcus Cousins explains why debut did not come against Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins is slated to make his highly anticipated debut with the Golden State Warriors on Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. The superstar, who left the New Orleans Pelicans in the offseason, explained this week why his first game of the season did not come against his former team.

In essence, Cousins did not want to give the media any juicy angles.

“I wasn’t going to return against them,” Cousins told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes before the Warriors beat the Pelicans Wednesday night. “I didn’t because I didn’t’ want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask Bob (Myers) that.

“I didn’t want to give y’all a storyline. That’s why (my return) is Friday.”

After electing to skip Wednesday’s game, Cousins next opportunity to face the Pelicans for the first time will come on April 9.

An Achilles injury prematurely ended Cousins’ final season in New Orleans, and the 28-year-old center believes the Pelicans did him wrong by not offering him a contract, something the team has flatly denied.

Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Warriors for the veteran’s minimum, and he’s made it clear Golden State is a great place to get things back on track.

Cousins is said to have pushed to be cleared for game action a few weeks back, per sources, but ended up agreeing with the Warriors to pursue a more cautious timeline.

“It wasn’t anything where we were butting heads or having a long discussion,” Cousins said. “We mapped out our plans and if we all didn’t agree on it at that point, then we’d set another goal. That’s kind of what happened.

“…  I’d rather get it right the first time, and that’s what we felt like we did.”

It will be interesting to monitor how the red-hot Warriors integrate Cousins into their offense and rotation, which Stephen Curry believes will require an “adjustment” at first.