Cousins will start when he re­turns with War­riors

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By JANIE MCCAULEY,

OAK­LAND, Calif. — De­mar­cus Cousins will start im­me­di­ately for coach Steve Kerr when the All-star cen­ter makes his long-awaited War­riors de­but in about a week fol­low­ing a lengthy re­cov­ery from surgery on a torn left Achilles ten­don.

Cousins has tar­geted Golden State’s game Jan. 18 at the Clip­pers as his re­turn date and first game of the sea­son, though Kerr said it could even be sooner if all con­tin­ues go­ing well — per­haps even against his for­mer New Or­leans team at home next Wed­nes­day.

“The idea is we have to give our­selves a lit­tle lee­way,” Kerr said Thurs­day. “That Clip­per game is sort of the one we’ve tar­geted but we should give our­selves some lee­way on ei­ther side, be­cause we have to see how the next week goes. I sup­pose it’s a pos­si­bil­ity that it could be New Or­leans, maybe there’s a pos­si­bil­ity it’s who­ever’s after the Clip­pers ... Lak­ers. That’s the range that we’re look­ing at.”

The coach­ing staff has spent the past cou­ple of weeks more

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AP FILE PHOTO

In this 2018 file photo, Golden State War­riors’ De­mar­cus Cousins poses for pho­tos dur­ing me­dia day at the NBA bas­ket­ball team’s prac­tice fa­cil­ity in Oak­land, Calif.

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