New Golden State Warriors star DeMarcus Cousins has been left very impressed by what he's been seeing since joining the reigning NBA champions and fully expects to win his first ring next season.
The Warriors haven't shied away from chasing the league's biggest stars over the past few years and, having signed one of the very best in Kevin Durant two years ago, they've added more talent to their roster in "Boogie" Cousins.
The player hasn't taken long to acclimate to his surroundings. And, speaking to Bob Fitzgerald and Jim Barnett via NBC Sports Bay Area while his new side played the Phoenix Suns on Monday, he opened up on his experience since joining the champs.
"It's not even a team, it's an entire organization," Cousins declared. "From top to bottom, the way they carry themselves, they've built a winning culture here. Everything is built for success, in my opinion.
"Like I said, everyone thinks it's just the talent on the floor, but this is a machine [that's] well-oiled and well-built, and that's from top to bottom."
It's not clear when the 28-year-old will be able to suit up competitively for the Warriors after suffering an Achilles injury while with the New Orleans Pelicans last season. But Kerr has revealed that the player is participating in full-court two-on-two and three-on-three scrimmages as he ramps up his recovery, although he hasn't had any contact sessions.
“He’s trying to get his wind back," the head coach said. "It’s tough enough for anybody to come back from a 9-10 month injury, but especially a big guy who carries a lot of size, a lot of weight.
Steve Kerr with a detailed update on the progress of DeMarcus Cousins, who is doing some 2-on-2 light scrimmages, still no full contact pic.twitter.com/yg1jWsl1La— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 10, 2018
"He still hasn’t done any contact - in terms of our drill work and five on five.”
Cousins started in 48 games last season before going down with injury but is hoping to return to the court in time to give the Warriors an extra outlet in their pursuit of what would be their third straight NBA title.