Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has said that the team won't slow down to accommodate DeMarcus Cousins when he returns from injury.
Cousins hasn't played since last January, however, he is expected to make his Dubs debut sometime this month.
It is not yet known when that will be exactly, but Kerr is already making plans for how he will utilize the former New Orleans Pelicans big man and doesn't plan on slowing things down just for him.
DeMarcus Cousins getting some 3-point work pic.twitter.com/R1wRpHSRgO— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) January 3, 2019
"You'll see him down on the block and you'll see him trail some plays and shoot 3s in transition," Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday night (h/t NBC Sports). "He's a more traditional big man than what we've had here over the past few years.
"(But) we play pretty fast. We're not gonna slow down just for DeMarcus. So you can probably envision a fastbreak with us and DeMarcus trailing the play ... the ball comes back out, he's a guy who can spot up and knock down that 3-point shot."
Kerr also explained that cousins will have to do most of the adapting, given that his bunch have been playing together for a few years now.
"We can put him in high screens with Steph and run pick-and-pop stuff," he continued. "And then when there's a timeout - we want to get something down low - organize something where he's getting the ball down on the block. Those things will all work because he's a really good passer, good shooter - just knows how to play."
"I would say the adaptability has to come more from his side than our side," Kerr added. "He's joining a team that's been together for a few years."
Non-update update from Warriors practice: DeMarcus Cousins again took part in all activities, but there still remains no target date for eventual return. Here’s Steve Kerr on what will go into eventually clearing him. pic.twitter.com/YxdTULp66w— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 2, 2019
What This Means
Cousins should have no problems slotting into the Kerr's lineup. he's the sort of big who could do just about anything, from scoring in the post to knocking shots down from range.
It might take him a few games to catch up in terms of fitness and stamina. But, overall, the Warriors will have a beast under their employ once their new acquisition gets back to playing again.