The Golden State Warriors’ all-star lineup saw a new addition make it even stronger on Friday night.
Center DeMarcus Cousins, previously of the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans, shocked the basketball world when he signed an inexpensive contract to play for Golden State last offseason.
The four-time NBA All Star took a massive pay cut in order to be able to play with the Warriors for a season in search of an NBA title.
Cousins was sidelined for nearly a year after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon in a game with New Orleans last January. On Friday night, he made his return to the court with his new team.
Cousins only saw the court for 15 minutes before fouling out, but he made an immediate impact in Golden State’s 112-94 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
He scored 14 points and added 6 rebounds and 3 assists despite looking somewhat rusty. Warriors coach Steve Kerr demonstrated the team’s belief in him, however, by immediately using him as a starter last night.
The Warriors, currently in first place in the Western Conference, hope that Cousins will spark them in their pursuit of a 3rd consecutive NBA title.