Before Monday night’s game against Memphis, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made one thing certain: It’s going to be a while before center DeMarcus Cousins returns from his torn left Achilles tendon.
“I’ve thought about different combinations, who we would play him with, that sort of thing,” Kerr said. “But we’re also really not that close. I don’t want this to be about, ‘Hey, we’re right there.’ We’re not right there. It’s still going to be some time.”
For the third time in a week, Cousins practiced Monday with Golden State’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz. Kerr had yet to talk with Cousins or Santa Cruz head coach Aaron Miles, but he chatted with director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini, who told him “DeMarcus had a really good day.”
There had been discussion in recent weeks that Cousins would return sometime around New Year’s Day. At this point, a return closer to the All-Star break in mid-February appears more plausible.