The New Orleans Pelicans made a late-season surge following the loss of DeMarcus Cousins, and that success has led many to believe that the center will be playing elsewhere following the rehab of his torn Achilles tendon.
According to head coach Alvin Gentry, the Pelicans would be best served to keep Cousins–especially given the success he and Anthony Davis enjoyed early in the season. Both played to an All-Star level.
“The bottom line is that obviously, we’d like to have him back on our team,” Gentry said. “Anyone that thinks you’re better having a guy that averaged [All-Star numbers] not on your team is really kind of not in tune to what it takes to win in this league.
“We were also pretty good with him too,” Gentry added.
Cousins and Davis co-existed quite successfully, as both were lined up to start in February’s All-Star Game. Cousins’ injury forced the Pelicans to change courses, and the ultimately traded for Nikola Mirotic–a sharpshooter from the Chicago Bulls. Mirotic is a better three-point shooter, but he does not have the same kind of multi-faceted game as Cousins.
According to ESPN, Cousins would like to return from injury by the same training camps open across the NBA, but his doctors have not put a timetable on his status.
The Pelicans fell to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semi-finals, and it would have been interesting to watch the defending champions–who like to play small lineups–try to guard both Davis and Cousins.
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