In Game 2 of the Warriors’ first-round series against the Clippers last season, DeMarcus Cousins suffered a quad injury. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he thought it’d be season-ending.
Since, Cousins signed with the Lakers and reportedly tore his ACL while preparing for the upcoming season.
People don’t take that quad injury serious enough. I know first hand. Dealing with it now. You have to start from ground zero. No basketball, no conditioning. Let that [s—] completely heal. Then get it strong as possible. And all the muscles surrounding it. All the boring [s—].
If not you’ll keep re tearing it. And/or injuring other areas from over compensating.
Cousins now falls under the Lakers’ purview. Did they clear him to train when they shouldn’t have?
Cousins also has a responsibility to himself. Did he fail to properly protect himself from this latest injury?
Injuries are complicated. We can never know what would have happened if Cousins rested longer after his quad injury.
But it’s rare for another player to speak out like this. As he said, Chandler has plenty of experience with quad issues. We should at least consider his assessment of the situation.