According to Murdock, Cousins had been hoping to make his Warriors debut much earlier, perhaps even during the team’s upcoming five-game road trip. However, the determination to continue taking things slow was made during a meeting last Friday between the veteran center and Golden State’s training staff.
Cousins, who is recovering from a torn Achilles, hasn’t experienced any setbacks, but the Warriors want to ensure that he regains his conditioning and is close to “peak form” by the time he starts playing, says Murdock. The team figures to set a more definitive timeline for Cousins’ debut after seeing how he responds to contact scrimmages. The 28-year-old has been scrimmaging with the team lately, Murdock notes.
The Warriors have had some uncharacteristic struggles over the last week or two, but they’re still 14-7, which puts them percentage points behind the 13-6 Clippers for the No. 1 seed in the West. Once the Dubs get Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Cousins healthy, they’ll be able to run out a starting lineup that features five All-NBA players.