DeMarcus Cousins began scrimmaging with the Golden State Warriors' G League affiliate in Santa Cruz as he enters the final phase of his recovery process from last season's Achilles tear. There is still no timetable for his return, although he could return later this month.
There are no plans for him to play in a G-League game. He is scheduled to practice with Golden State on Tuesday before going back to Santa Cruz for another scrimmage.
Cousins said "I feel like if my life depended on it at the moment, yeah, I could go out and play a game. I want to be 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as I can be when I do return. I want my body in tip-top shape. It is not even about the Achilles, it's just about my other body parts and making sure everything is fine-tuned and in the best shape possible to go out and play a full game."
Of his rehab process, Cousins added that "it's been extremely humbling. It's really tested me as a person, as a man, as an athlete. I've had a lot of dark days, a lot of good days. I've questioned myself a lot. But I found a way to overcome all those bad feelings. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am extremely excited to get back on the floor. The sooner the better. I can see the light. I am extremely excited about that."
Cousins hasn't played since last January. He signed a one year, $5.3 million contract with the Warriors in the offseason.