Basketball News

23 May 19
Times-Herald
  Actor Anthony Anderson, left welcomes NBA basketball player De’Aaron Fox, as he prepares to speak at the youth summit. (Chris Riley–Times-Herald)   Dr. Adam Clark knew better. He was asked to step up and talk at Thursday’s Kaiser Permanente Empower Youth Summit at the Solano County Fairgrounds’ Expo Hall. He saw the list of celebrity speakers and politely declined, choosing to join the audience of around 800 Vallejo eighth graders. “I deferred to the professionals. I’m not crazy,” Clark said. “I don’t want to get up there and talk about test scores.” Indeed. What the middle school students did hear were inspiring stories and motivational encouragement from various stars of the entertainment of athletic world, including actor and producer Anthony Anderson and 19-year-old Marcus Scribner of “Black-ish,” De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings, recording artist Jessie Funk, performance painter David Garibaldi, Aric Jackson, R&B artist Danileigh, Blake Brendes of My Life Online, and Brian Williams, who destroyed a stack of bricks with one punch. Also appearing — returning to the city he grew up in and still calls home — former wrestling great and MMA fighter Mark Munoz. “In eighth grade, I was at the crossroads of my life,” Munoz, 41, said. “I could have gone one chaotic way or another way. Fortunately, I chose another way.” Munoz had his “friends community, family community and church community” to lean on. “I just hope the kids understand that everything they decide to do, the choices they make, shapes and molds them of who they can become,” Munoz said, adding that as a Vallejoan talking to Vallejo teens, “They can see ‘He’s from Vallejo, so I can be like that.’ That’s what I want to resonate in their hearts. I grew up on the streets. I’m from here.” Anderson, an Emmy-nominated performer and a Black Image Award-honored actor, played played host of the summit, joyfully bantering with the attentive teenagers. “Education is the key,” he said. “You need to take it and own it. Make a change and make your mark. Dream big. Your dreams should scare you. If your dreams don’t scare you, are not dreaming big enough.” “Never be in competition with the person next to you,” Anderson said later. “Compete with yourself. That is how you will make a difference. Never compare yourself to the person next to you. You don’t know their journey. Celebrate them because your time will come next.” Scribner was 13 when he was cast as Anderson’s son in “Black-ish.” He easily remembers life as an eighth grader. “Simpler times,” he said backstage. “Now, there’s bills, like I’m ‘adulting.’ I am a working man.” Once incredibly shy, Scribner said he’s trying to do more events like the summit, happily sharing his story. “The biggest thing I tell them is look for things to do. Search for your passion. It’s easy to grow complacent and lazy and go on Snapchat or play video games,” Scribner said. “The key is to always do something.” Though Funk stepped on stage and impressed the students with her vocal ability, she holds a leadership certification from the University of Notre Dame and a degree in psychology as the executive director of the nonprofit organization, Ivy Girl Academy. “Today was a blast,” she said after her talk. “I love events like this. Sometimes the kids are rowdy, but I was one of those kids. Even if they’re rowdy, there’s always something that’s going to get through.” Funk remembered her eighth-grade years of cheerleading and soccer. But she was also “bullied pretty relentlessly” physically and verbally “and I became a bully which led to me getting suspended from school.” By her fifth suspension, “my principal sent me to a leadership camp,” Funk said, now “paying it forward” by  building a leadership came in the Utah mountains. “Even not-fond memories can become part of what your’e going to become,” Funk said. After 15 years delivering motivational talks — mostly to teenagers — “even if they’re acting like they’re not listening, they hear you,” Funk said. Performance artist David Garibaldi — who waltzes around the stage to music with a brush in each hand to the canvas — displayed his talent between segments of inspiring words. Garibaldi squeezed in Thursday’s appearance during a break as opening act for the rock group KISS and a global farewell tour. “I remember in middle school … I had an interest in art, but had no directions what to do with it,” said Garibaldi. A high school animation instructor in Elk Grove inspired Garibaldi and a brilliant career that includes drawing for President Barack Obama was launched. Garibaldi said “any new perspective that I got ” that Vallejo’s youth could get Thursday “can be life-changing because it changed the direction of my life.” Garibaldi encouraged the students to find that passion and have a purpose “so every day they make decisions that lead them closer to fulfilling their passion.” Clark said Thursday’s 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event was the first time all Vallejo eighth graders were together to “give them a message of empowerment and a message of motivation and healthy choices. That was the goal today.” For the students, it was a day to listen, get out of class and snag a free lunch. “I feel like I have the ability to work harder,” said Dante Fratun, 13, of Hogan Middle School, adding that he appreciated “the guy who said to follow your dreams.” As for Williams and breaking bricks with one hand, “that was crazy,” said Fratun, happy it wasn’t his job. “I’d probably really hurt myself,” he said. Dijeur Millard, 14, of Franklin Middle School, emerged  with the message “stop trying to bring people down.” It was all good, said Nor Jemjemian, senior vice president of sponsoring Kaiser-Permanente. “I grew up in a very poor, under-served community where we didn’t have access to health or celebrities who would motivate you,” Jemjemian said. And if he did? “I would be so inspired seeing how the dreams shared today that became reality. I would have been on a (positive) path much earlier, taking care of myself and focusing on my school work,” Jemjemian said. Dr. Chris Walker, chief physician for Kaiser Napa-Solano, said the goal of the event was to reach the young people with something that is “good for their mind, body and spirit.” Walker remembered how “hard it was; how difficult it was ” in eighth grade. “The decisions I had to make about doing the right thing and doing the wrong thing,” Walker said. “I’m so glad I made the right decisions a lot of the time and that I was sometimes lucky. I was fortunate. I grew up where I had a lot of role models.” Perhaps some of Thursday’s speakers became role models for some of Vallejo’s kids. The goal, said school superintendent Clark, is to “send them off to high school with some tools in their box that they’re going to have to utilize to be successful in high school.”            
23 May 19
UPROXX

Draymond was asked about Drake’s potential impact on the Finals and had the perfect response.

23 May 19
Archy news nety

Penny Hardaway compares UK target James Wiseman to past NBA players Memphis East Coach Penny Hardaway talks about star player James Wiseman, a top UK recruiting target. by × Memphis East Coach Penny Hardaway talks about star player James Wiseman, a top UK recruiting target. by Penny Hardaway has coached one season of college basketball […]

23 May 19
NBA: The Jump Fanpage

Panel: First Half Monologue: Kawhi’s perseverance was on display in Game 3 Raptors putting too much on Kawhi? “No. He’s a beast. He can take it. That’s what great players do. He knew the importance of that game” – Pippen “In the playoffs, it’s like basketball triage. You just have to do whatever you can […]

23 May 19
Truth Teller through Tough Times

  What is racial profiling? What are its roots originated in? Who does it affect the most? What types of effects does it have? Racial profiling has been in existence for the last couple centuries in our country’s history. It is downright irrational and unjust that numerous instances of racial profiling have happened. It is […]

23 May 19
News Directory

NORMAN – The bracket was issued to the WeIT Preseason 2019 Thursday for the 26th edition of the event. Oklahoma will be facing Prairie View A&M in the first round inside of the Lloyd Noble Center on Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. CT. The 16 range includes a three-game guaranteed team for all participating […]

23 May 19
Paradise Post
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/23/bang_dcd6ba7f-a0db-4361-abd6-7da3377642f9″] OAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors this season to rehab from an Achilles tendon injury and get his first career taste of the playoffs. He completed Job 1, but his postseason experience lasted just 25 minutes over two games before he tore a quadriceps muscle in his left leg against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. Now Cousins is close to being ready to return to action, just in time for the NBA Finals. “I feel good. A lot better than I was,” the 28-year-old center said Thursday after his first full practice since the injury. “I’m able to get up and down the court more. I’m able to play a little competition basketball. “I’m in a lot better place.” Coach Steve Kerr, noting that Cousins feels no pain, said now it’s a matter of regaining his conditioning. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is next Thursday, on the road against either the Bucks or Raptors. Will Cousins be ready to play? “It’s up in the air,” Kerr said. Cousins, who went his first eight NBA seasons without a postseason game, tore his Achilles a year ago in late January while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He spent more than half of this season still recovering, only to face a second setback with the quad injury against the Clippers. “It’s been a wild year for me all season,” Cousins conceded. “Happy to be in this moment. If I get the opportunity to play, I’m going to try to take full advantage of it and leave it all on the floor.” Neither Kerr nor Cousins knows how that might take shape. Asked if Cousins, a four-time All-Star, would definitely start when he’s ready to play, Kerr responded, “I wouldn’t say so. It depends on how everything is going. It depends on matchups. It depends on health. “I have to see how well he’s moving up. I would have to say everything is up in the air at this point.” Cousins’ assessment is pretty much the same. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In the big picture, Cousins is simply encouraged that he has a shot at returning to the floor. He said he never doubted he could play again this season, but admits there was a brief sense of panic after the quad injury. “Once the diagnosis came out and I realized what it was, I had to gather myself after a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness . . . all of the above, tell myself to get back to work. Just do it all over again.” Having worked through rehab after the Achilles injury and subsequent surgery actually helped with the quad situation, Cousins said. “I feel that’s what adversity does. It always builds you up to make you stronger for the next moment,” Cousins said. “That was one of my darkest moments, dealing with the Achilles. “I felt like I was in a strong mental (state) when it came to dealing with this one. Not to say it was easy, but it’s a more comfortable situation to maneuver.” Cousins has been continually impressed by his team’s ability to overcome obstacles this season, including the calf strain that has sidelined Kevin Durant the past five games. The Warriors won all five of those games, including a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“This is a special, special group,” he said. “We’ve run into bumps and bruises but we’ve always found a way to collect ourselves and come out and get a win. It’s inspiring.” Even with free agency looming again this summer, Cousins is not worried about how others will view his value. “I think people know what I can do,” he said, “It’s just about me being healthy.” His priority now is making an on-court contribution to the final push toward a third consecutive NBA title. “I feel better each and every day. That’s my whole goal,” Cousins said. “Hopefully, that opportunity comes and I’m able to get on the floor and help my teammates win a championship.”
23 May 19
The Mercury News
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/23/bang_dcd6ba7f-a0db-4361-abd6-7da3377642f9″] OAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors this season to rehab from an Achilles tendon injury and get his first career taste of the playoffs. He completed Job 1, but his postseason experience lasted just 25 minutes over two games before he tore a quadriceps muscle in his left leg against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. Now Cousins is close to being ready to return to action, just in time for the NBA Finals. “I feel good. A lot better than I was,” the 28-year-old center said Thursday after his first full practice since the injury. “I’m able to get up and down the court more. I’m able to play a little competition basketball. “I’m in a lot better place.” Coach Steve Kerr, noting that Cousins feels no pain, said now it’s a matter of regaining his conditioning. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is next Thursday, on the road against either the Bucks or Raptors. Will Cousins be ready to play? “It’s up in the air,” Kerr said. Cousins, who went his first eight NBA seasons without a postseason game, tore his Achilles a year ago in late January while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He spent more than half of this season still recovering, only to face a second setback with the quad injury against the Clippers. “It’s been a wild year for me all season,” Cousins conceded. “Happy to be in this moment. If I get the opportunity to play, I’m going to try to take full advantage of it and leave it all on the floor.” Neither Kerr nor Cousins knows how that might take shape. Asked if Cousins, a four-time All-Star, would definitely start when he’s ready to play, Kerr responded, “I wouldn’t say so. It depends on how everything is going. It depends on matchups. It depends on health. “I have to see how well he’s moving up. I would have to say everything is up in the air at this point.” Cousins’ assessment is pretty much the same. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In the big picture, Cousins is simply encouraged that he has a shot at returning to the floor. He said he never doubted he could play again this season, but admits there was a brief sense of panic after the quad injury. “Once the diagnosis came out and I realized what it was, I had to gather myself after a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness . . . all of the above, tell myself to get back to work. Just do it all over again.” Having worked through rehab after the Achilles injury and subsequent surgery actually helped with the quad situation, Cousins said. “I feel that’s what adversity does. It always builds you up to make you stronger for the next moment,” Cousins said. “That was one of my darkest moments, dealing with the Achilles. “I felt like I was in a strong mental (state) when it came to dealing with this one. Not to say it was easy, but it’s a more comfortable situation to maneuver.” Cousins has been continually impressed by his team’s ability to overcome obstacles this season, including the calf strain that has sidelined Kevin Durant the past five games. The Warriors won all five of those games, including a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“This is a special, special group,” he said. “We’ve run into bumps and bruises but we’ve always found a way to collect ourselves and come out and get a win. It’s inspiring.” Even with free agency looming again this summer, Cousins is not worried about how others will view his value. “I think people know what I can do,” he said, “It’s just about me being healthy.” His priority now is making an on-court contribution to the final push toward a third consecutive NBA title. “I feel better each and every day. That’s my whole goal,” Cousins said. “Hopefully, that opportunity comes and I’m able to get on the floor and help my teammates win a championship.”
23 May 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/23/bang_dcd6ba7f-a0db-4361-abd6-7da3377642f9″] OAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors this season to rehab from an Achilles tendon injury and get his first career taste of the playoffs. He completed Job 1, but his postseason experience lasted just 25 minutes over two games before he tore a quadriceps muscle in his left leg against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. Now Cousins is close to being ready to return to action, just in time for the NBA Finals. “I feel good. A lot better than I was,” the 28-year-old center said Thursday after his first full practice since the injury. “I’m able to get up and down the court more. I’m able to play a little competition basketball. “I’m in a lot better place.” Coach Steve Kerr, noting that Cousins feels no pain, said now it’s a matter of regaining his conditioning. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is next Thursday, on the road against either the Bucks or Raptors. Will Cousins be ready to play? “It’s up in the air,” Kerr said. Cousins, who went his first eight NBA seasons without a postseason game, tore his Achilles a year ago in late January while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He spent more than half of this season still recovering, only to face a second setback with the quad injury against the Clippers. “It’s been a wild year for me all season,” Cousins conceded. “Happy to be in this moment. If I get the opportunity to play, I’m going to try to take full advantage of it and leave it all on the floor.” Neither Kerr nor Cousins knows how that might take shape. Asked if Cousins, a four-time All-Star, would definitely start when he’s ready to play, Kerr responded, “I wouldn’t say so. It depends on how everything is going. It depends on matchups. It depends on health. “I have to see how well he’s moving up. I would have to say everything is up in the air at this point.” Cousins’ assessment is pretty much the same. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In the big picture, Cousins is simply encouraged that he has a shot at returning to the floor. He said he never doubted he could play again this season, but admits there was a brief sense of panic after the quad injury. “Once the diagnosis came out and I realized what it was, I had to gather myself after a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness . . . all of the above, tell myself to get back to work. Just do it all over again.” Having worked through rehab after the Achilles injury and subsequent surgery actually helped with the quad situation, Cousins said. “I feel that’s what adversity does. It always builds you up to make you stronger for the next moment,” Cousins said. “That was one of my darkest moments, dealing with the Achilles. “I felt like I was in a strong mental (state) when it came to dealing with this one. Not to say it was easy, but it’s a more comfortable situation to maneuver.” Cousins has been continually impressed by his team’s ability to overcome obstacles this season, including the calf strain that has sidelined Kevin Durant the past five games. The Warriors won all five of those games, including a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“This is a special, special group,” he said. “We’ve run into bumps and bruises but we’ve always found a way to collect ourselves and come out and get a win. It’s inspiring.” Even with free agency looming again this summer, Cousins is not worried about how others will view his value. “I think people know what I can do,” he said, “It’s just about me being healthy.” His priority now is making an on-court contribution to the final push toward a third consecutive NBA title. “I feel better each and every day. That’s my whole goal,” Cousins said. “Hopefully, that opportunity comes and I’m able to get on the floor and help my teammates win a championship.”
23 May 19
New Haven Academy

Greg Baldwin NHA Community: Please join me in congratulating the NHA Basketball team on their league championship! They came from behind to beat Common ground, the only team to beat NHA in the regular season. HUGE Ripples and thank you to volunteer coach and NHA parent Chris Myers for his amazing dedication and work with […]

23 May 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/23/bang_dcd6ba7f-a0db-4361-abd6-7da3377642f9″] OAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors this season to rehab from an Achilles tendon injury and get his first career taste of the playoffs. He completed Job 1, but his postseason experience lasted just 25 minutes over two games before he tore a quadriceps muscle in his left leg against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. Now Cousins is close to being ready to return to action, just in time for the NBA Finals. “I feel good. A lot better than I was,” the 28-year-old center said Thursday after his first full practice since the injury. “I’m able to get up and down the court more. I’m able to play a little competition basketball. “I’m in a lot better place.” Coach Steve Kerr, noting that Cousins feels no pain, said now it’s a matter of regaining his conditioning. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is next Thursday, on the road against either the Bucks or Raptors. Will Cousins be ready to play? “It’s up in the air,” Kerr said. Cousins, who went his first eight NBA seasons without a postseason game, tore his Achilles a year ago in late January while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He spent more than half of this season still recovering, only to face a second setback with the quad injury against the Clippers. “It’s been a wild year for me all season,” Cousins conceded. “Happy to be in this moment. If I get the opportunity to play, I’m going to try to take full advantage of it and leave it all on the floor.” Neither Kerr nor Cousins knows how that might take shape. Asked if Cousins, a four-time All-Star, would definitely start when he’s ready to play, Kerr responded, “I wouldn’t say so. It depends on how everything is going. It depends on matchups. It depends on health. “I have to see how well he’s moving up. I would have to say everything is up in the air at this point.” Cousins’ assessment is pretty much the same. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In the big picture, Cousins is simply encouraged that he has a shot at returning to the floor. He said he never doubted he could play again this season, but admits there was a brief sense of panic after the quad injury. “Once the diagnosis came out and I realized what it was, I had to gather myself after a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness . . . all of the above, tell myself to get back to work. Just do it all over again.” Having worked through rehab after the Achilles injury and subsequent surgery actually helped with the quad situation, Cousins said. “I feel that’s what adversity does. It always builds you up to make you stronger for the next moment,” Cousins said. “That was one of my darkest moments, dealing with the Achilles. “I felt like I was in a strong mental (state) when it came to dealing with this one. Not to say it was easy, but it’s a more comfortable situation to maneuver.” Cousins has been continually impressed by his team’s ability to overcome obstacles this season, including the calf strain that has sidelined Kevin Durant the past five games. The Warriors won all five of those games, including a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“This is a special, special group,” he said. “We’ve run into bumps and bruises but we’ve always found a way to collect ourselves and come out and get a win. It’s inspiring.” Even with free agency looming again this summer, Cousins is not worried about how others will view his value. “I think people know what I can do,” he said, “It’s just about me being healthy.” His priority now is making an on-court contribution to the final push toward a third consecutive NBA title. “I feel better each and every day. That’s my whole goal,” Cousins said. “Hopefully, that opportunity comes and I’m able to get on the floor and help my teammates win a championship.”
23 May 19
Times-Standard
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/23/bang_dcd6ba7f-a0db-4361-abd6-7da3377642f9″] OAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors this season to rehab from an Achilles tendon injury and get his first career taste of the playoffs. He completed Job 1, but his postseason experience lasted just 25 minutes over two games before he tore a quadriceps muscle in his left leg against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. Now Cousins is close to being ready to return to action, just in time for the NBA Finals. “I feel good. A lot better than I was,” the 28-year-old center said Thursday after his first full practice since the injury. “I’m able to get up and down the court more. I’m able to play a little competition basketball. “I’m in a lot better place.” Coach Steve Kerr, noting that Cousins feels no pain, said now it’s a matter of regaining his conditioning. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is next Thursday, on the road against either the Bucks or Raptors. Will Cousins be ready to play? “It’s up in the air,” Kerr said. Cousins, who went his first eight NBA seasons without a postseason game, tore his Achilles a year ago in late January while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He spent more than half of this season still recovering, only to face a second setback with the quad injury against the Clippers. “It’s been a wild year for me all season,” Cousins conceded. “Happy to be in this moment. If I get the opportunity to play, I’m going to try to take full advantage of it and leave it all on the floor.” Neither Kerr nor Cousins knows how that might take shape. Asked if Cousins, a four-time All-Star, would definitely start when he’s ready to play, Kerr responded, “I wouldn’t say so. It depends on how everything is going. It depends on matchups. It depends on health. “I have to see how well he’s moving up. I would have to say everything is up in the air at this point.” Cousins’ assessment is pretty much the same. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In the big picture, Cousins is simply encouraged that he has a shot at returning to the floor. He said he never doubted he could play again this season, but admits there was a brief sense of panic after the quad injury. “Once the diagnosis came out and I realized what it was, I had to gather myself after a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness . . . all of the above, tell myself to get back to work. Just do it all over again.” Having worked through rehab after the Achilles injury and subsequent surgery actually helped with the quad situation, Cousins said. “I feel that’s what adversity does. It always builds you up to make you stronger for the next moment,” Cousins said. “That was one of my darkest moments, dealing with the Achilles. “I felt like I was in a strong mental (state) when it came to dealing with this one. Not to say it was easy, but it’s a more comfortable situation to maneuver.” Cousins has been continually impressed by his team’s ability to overcome obstacles this season, including the calf strain that has sidelined Kevin Durant the past five games. The Warriors won all five of those games, including a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“This is a special, special group,” he said. “We’ve run into bumps and bruises but we’ve always found a way to collect ourselves and come out and get a win. It’s inspiring.” Even with free agency looming again this summer, Cousins is not worried about how others will view his value. “I think people know what I can do,” he said, “It’s just about me being healthy.” His priority now is making an on-court contribution to the final push toward a third consecutive NBA title. “I feel better each and every day. That’s my whole goal,” Cousins said. “Hopefully, that opportunity comes and I’m able to get on the floor and help my teammates win a championship.”
23 May 19
Daily Democrat
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/23/bang_dcd6ba7f-a0db-4361-abd6-7da3377642f9″] OAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors this season to rehab from an Achilles tendon injury and get his first career taste of the playoffs. He completed Job 1, but his postseason experience lasted just 25 minutes over two games before he tore a quadriceps muscle in his left leg against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. Now Cousins is close to being ready to return to action, just in time for the NBA Finals. “I feel good. A lot better than I was,” the 28-year-old center said Thursday after his first full practice since the injury. “I’m able to get up and down the court more. I’m able to play a little competition basketball. “I’m in a lot better place.” Coach Steve Kerr, noting that Cousins feels no pain, said now it’s a matter of regaining his conditioning. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is next Thursday, on the road against either the Bucks or Raptors. Will Cousins be ready to play? “It’s up in the air,” Kerr said. Cousins, who went his first eight NBA seasons without a postseason game, tore his Achilles a year ago in late January while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He spent more than half of this season still recovering, only to face a second setback with the quad injury against the Clippers. “It’s been a wild year for me all season,” Cousins conceded. “Happy to be in this moment. If I get the opportunity to play, I’m going to try to take full advantage of it and leave it all on the floor.” Neither Kerr nor Cousins knows how that might take shape. Asked if Cousins, a four-time All-Star, would definitely start when he’s ready to play, Kerr responded, “I wouldn’t say so. It depends on how everything is going. It depends on matchups. It depends on health. “I have to see how well he’s moving up. I would have to say everything is up in the air at this point.” Cousins’ assessment is pretty much the same. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In the big picture, Cousins is simply encouraged that he has a shot at returning to the floor. He said he never doubted he could play again this season, but admits there was a brief sense of panic after the quad injury. “Once the diagnosis came out and I realized what it was, I had to gather myself after a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness . . . all of the above, tell myself to get back to work. Just do it all over again.” Having worked through rehab after the Achilles injury and subsequent surgery actually helped with the quad situation, Cousins said. “I feel that’s what adversity does. It always builds you up to make you stronger for the next moment,” Cousins said. “That was one of my darkest moments, dealing with the Achilles. “I felt like I was in a strong mental (state) when it came to dealing with this one. Not to say it was easy, but it’s a more comfortable situation to maneuver.” Cousins has been continually impressed by his team’s ability to overcome obstacles this season, including the calf strain that has sidelined Kevin Durant the past five games. The Warriors won all five of those games, including a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“This is a special, special group,” he said. “We’ve run into bumps and bruises but we’ve always found a way to collect ourselves and come out and get a win. It’s inspiring.” Even with free agency looming again this summer, Cousins is not worried about how others will view his value. “I think people know what I can do,” he said, “It’s just about me being healthy.” His priority now is making an on-court contribution to the final push toward a third consecutive NBA title. “I feel better each and every day. That’s my whole goal,” Cousins said. “Hopefully, that opportunity comes and I’m able to get on the floor and help my teammates win a championship.”
23 May 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/23/bang_dcd6ba7f-a0db-4361-abd6-7da3377642f9″] OAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors this season to rehab from an Achilles tendon injury and get his first career taste of the playoffs. He completed Job 1, but his postseason experience lasted just 25 minutes over two games before he tore a quadriceps muscle in his left leg against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. Now Cousins is close to being ready to return to action, just in time for the NBA Finals. “I feel good. A lot better than I was,” the 28-year-old center said Thursday after his first full practice since the injury. “I’m able to get up and down the court more. I’m able to play a little competition basketball. “I’m in a lot better place.” Coach Steve Kerr, noting that Cousins feels no pain, said now it’s a matter of regaining his conditioning. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is next Thursday, on the road against either the Bucks or Raptors. Will Cousins be ready to play? “It’s up in the air,” Kerr said. Cousins, who went his first eight NBA seasons without a postseason game, tore his Achilles a year ago in late January while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He spent more than half of this season still recovering, only to face a second setback with the quad injury against the Clippers. “It’s been a wild year for me all season,” Cousins conceded. “Happy to be in this moment. If I get the opportunity to play, I’m going to try to take full advantage of it and leave it all on the floor.” Neither Kerr nor Cousins knows how that might take shape. Asked if Cousins, a four-time All-Star, would definitely start when he’s ready to play, Kerr responded, “I wouldn’t say so. It depends on how everything is going. It depends on matchups. It depends on health. “I have to see how well he’s moving up. I would have to say everything is up in the air at this point.” Cousins’ assessment is pretty much the same. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In the big picture, Cousins is simply encouraged that he has a shot at returning to the floor. He said he never doubted he could play again this season, but admits there was a brief sense of panic after the quad injury. “Once the diagnosis came out and I realized what it was, I had to gather myself after a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness . . . all of the above, tell myself to get back to work. Just do it all over again.” Having worked through rehab after the Achilles injury and subsequent surgery actually helped with the quad situation, Cousins said. “I feel that’s what adversity does. It always builds you up to make you stronger for the next moment,” Cousins said. “That was one of my darkest moments, dealing with the Achilles. “I felt like I was in a strong mental (state) when it came to dealing with this one. Not to say it was easy, but it’s a more comfortable situation to maneuver.” Cousins has been continually impressed by his team’s ability to overcome obstacles this season, including the calf strain that has sidelined Kevin Durant the past five games. The Warriors won all five of those games, including a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“This is a special, special group,” he said. “We’ve run into bumps and bruises but we’ve always found a way to collect ourselves and come out and get a win. It’s inspiring.” Even with free agency looming again this summer, Cousins is not worried about how others will view his value. “I think people know what I can do,” he said, “It’s just about me being healthy.” His priority now is making an on-court contribution to the final push toward a third consecutive NBA title. “I feel better each and every day. That’s my whole goal,” Cousins said. “Hopefully, that opportunity comes and I’m able to get on the floor and help my teammates win a championship.”
23 May 19
The Reporter
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/23/bang_dcd6ba7f-a0db-4361-abd6-7da3377642f9″] OAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors this season to rehab from an Achilles tendon injury and get his first career taste of the playoffs. He completed Job 1, but his postseason experience lasted just 25 minutes over two games before he tore a quadriceps muscle in his left leg against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. Now Cousins is close to being ready to return to action, just in time for the NBA Finals. “I feel good. A lot better than I was,” the 28-year-old center said Thursday after his first full practice since the injury. “I’m able to get up and down the court more. I’m able to play a little competition basketball. “I’m in a lot better place.” Coach Steve Kerr, noting that Cousins feels no pain, said now it’s a matter of regaining his conditioning. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is next Thursday, on the road against either the Bucks or Raptors. Will Cousins be ready to play? “It’s up in the air,” Kerr said. Cousins, who went his first eight NBA seasons without a postseason game, tore his Achilles a year ago in late January while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He spent more than half of this season still recovering, only to face a second setback with the quad injury against the Clippers. “It’s been a wild year for me all season,” Cousins conceded. “Happy to be in this moment. If I get the opportunity to play, I’m going to try to take full advantage of it and leave it all on the floor.” Neither Kerr nor Cousins knows how that might take shape. Asked if Cousins, a four-time All-Star, would definitely start when he’s ready to play, Kerr responded, “I wouldn’t say so. It depends on how everything is going. It depends on matchups. It depends on health. “I have to see how well he’s moving up. I would have to say everything is up in the air at this point.” Cousins’ assessment is pretty much the same. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In the big picture, Cousins is simply encouraged that he has a shot at returning to the floor. He said he never doubted he could play again this season, but admits there was a brief sense of panic after the quad injury. “Once the diagnosis came out and I realized what it was, I had to gather myself after a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness . . . all of the above, tell myself to get back to work. Just do it all over again.” Having worked through rehab after the Achilles injury and subsequent surgery actually helped with the quad situation, Cousins said. “I feel that’s what adversity does. It always builds you up to make you stronger for the next moment,” Cousins said. “That was one of my darkest moments, dealing with the Achilles. “I felt like I was in a strong mental (state) when it came to dealing with this one. Not to say it was easy, but it’s a more comfortable situation to maneuver.” Cousins has been continually impressed by his team’s ability to overcome obstacles this season, including the calf strain that has sidelined Kevin Durant the past five games. The Warriors won all five of those games, including a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“This is a special, special group,” he said. “We’ve run into bumps and bruises but we’ve always found a way to collect ourselves and come out and get a win. It’s inspiring.” Even with free agency looming again this summer, Cousins is not worried about how others will view his value. “I think people know what I can do,” he said, “It’s just about me being healthy.” His priority now is making an on-court contribution to the final push toward a third consecutive NBA title. “I feel better each and every day. That’s my whole goal,” Cousins said. “Hopefully, that opportunity comes and I’m able to get on the floor and help my teammates win a championship.”
23 May 19
Red Bluff Daily News
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/23/bang_dcd6ba7f-a0db-4361-abd6-7da3377642f9″] OAKLAND — DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors this season to rehab from an Achilles tendon injury and get his first career taste of the playoffs. He completed Job 1, but his postseason experience lasted just 25 minutes over two games before he tore a quadriceps muscle in his left leg against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. Now Cousins is close to being ready to return to action, just in time for the NBA Finals. “I feel good. A lot better than I was,” the 28-year-old center said Thursday after his first full practice since the injury. “I’m able to get up and down the court more. I’m able to play a little competition basketball. “I’m in a lot better place.” Coach Steve Kerr, noting that Cousins feels no pain, said now it’s a matter of regaining his conditioning. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is next Thursday, on the road against either the Bucks or Raptors. Will Cousins be ready to play? “It’s up in the air,” Kerr said. Cousins, who went his first eight NBA seasons without a postseason game, tore his Achilles a year ago in late January while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He spent more than half of this season still recovering, only to face a second setback with the quad injury against the Clippers. “It’s been a wild year for me all season,” Cousins conceded. “Happy to be in this moment. If I get the opportunity to play, I’m going to try to take full advantage of it and leave it all on the floor.” Neither Kerr nor Cousins knows how that might take shape. Asked if Cousins, a four-time All-Star, would definitely start when he’s ready to play, Kerr responded, “I wouldn’t say so. It depends on how everything is going. It depends on matchups. It depends on health. “I have to see how well he’s moving up. I would have to say everything is up in the air at this point.” Cousins’ assessment is pretty much the same. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In the big picture, Cousins is simply encouraged that he has a shot at returning to the floor. He said he never doubted he could play again this season, but admits there was a brief sense of panic after the quad injury. “Once the diagnosis came out and I realized what it was, I had to gather myself after a couple of days of frustration, anger, sadness . . . all of the above, tell myself to get back to work. Just do it all over again.” Having worked through rehab after the Achilles injury and subsequent surgery actually helped with the quad situation, Cousins said. “I feel that’s what adversity does. It always builds you up to make you stronger for the next moment,” Cousins said. “That was one of my darkest moments, dealing with the Achilles. “I felt like I was in a strong mental (state) when it came to dealing with this one. Not to say it was easy, but it’s a more comfortable situation to maneuver.” Cousins has been continually impressed by his team’s ability to overcome obstacles this season, including the calf strain that has sidelined Kevin Durant the past five games. The Warriors won all five of those games, including a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“This is a special, special group,” he said. “We’ve run into bumps and bruises but we’ve always found a way to collect ourselves and come out and get a win. It’s inspiring.” Even with free agency looming again this summer, Cousins is not worried about how others will view his value. “I think people know what I can do,” he said, “It’s just about me being healthy.” His priority now is making an on-court contribution to the final push toward a third consecutive NBA title. “I feel better each and every day. That’s my whole goal,” Cousins said. “Hopefully, that opportunity comes and I’m able to get on the floor and help my teammates win a championship.”