Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins “ramping up” conditioning

LAS VEGAS — The mere sight has comforted the Warriors.

During the end of practices and shootaround, Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has been on the court with all of his other All-Star teammates. The Warriors might have no idea when he will return from an injured left Achilles tendon that has sidelined him since January. But Warriors coach Steve Kerr reported Cousins will gradually increase his workload through non-contact drills.

“We’re literally taking it week-by-week,” Kerr said after morning shootaround for Wednesday’s pre-season game against the Los Angeles Lakers. “But he’s ramping up conditioning aspect of it. That’s a good sign.”

The Warriors will sideline All-Star forward Draymond Green (sore left knee) and have listed veteran reserve as questionable because of tightness in his hip. As far as Cousins, the Warriors won’t have him for at least the first three regular-season games and probably beyond.

That’s because the Warriors are uncertain when Cousins can advance toward full-court, five-on-five drills with contact. As Kerr explained, “we’re being careful. So for now, Cousins has rehabbed this way. He has trained with Rick Celebrini, the Warriors’ Director of Sports Medicine and Performance. Cousins has completed on-court work with Warriors assistant coach Jarron Collins in drills as well as light contact in games of two-on-two and three-on-three.

“It’s tough enough for anybody to come back from a 9-to-10 month injury, but especially a big guy that carries a lot of size and weight,” Cousins said. “It’s tough to get that conditioning and movement back. He’s spending a lot of time.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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