Cousins set to prac­tice in G League

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - NBA - By Con­nor Le­tourneau Con­nor Le­tourneau is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer.

MIL­WAU­KEE — Ahead of his Golden State de­but, cen­ter De­Mar­cus Cousins will prac­tice with the team’s G League af­fil­i­ate in Santa Cruz as he en­ters the fi­nal stages of his re­hab from a torn left Achilles ten­don.

“It’s a very dif­fi­cult in­jury to come back from for any­body, but es­pe­cially a big guy,” War­riors head coach Steve Kerr said Fri­day. “He’s work­ing hard, and he’ll prob­a­bly go down to Santa Cruz in the next cou­ple weeks, prac­tice with our G League team and get more live ac­tion.

“We don’t prac­tice much, like ev­ery other NBA team, be­cause we have so many games. He needs more in­tense, fo­cused prac­tice time. Hope­fully, he can get some of that in Santa Cruz.”

The War­riors have yet to pin­point when Cousins will re­port to Santa Cruz, but Kerr said it’s pos­si­ble Cousins could join the G League af­fil­i­ate next week. Santa Cruz kicks off a three-game home­s­tand Satur­day.

Asked whether Cousins will play any games with Santa Cruz, Kerr said, “It’s a pos­si­bil­ity. We haven’t made any de­ci­sions yet. We’ve got to help him be in the best pos­si­ble shape and mind-set when he first takes the floor for us. So, what­ever it takes.”

Cousins has been fully par­tic­i­pat­ing in War­riors prac­tices for a cou­ple of weeks. In 5-on-5 scrim­mages, he has im­pressed team­mates with his con­di­tion­ing, ball-han­dling and shoot­ing.

“You can see he’s a lit­tle bit more ex­cited be­cause he’s closer and closer,” for­ward Kevin

Du­rant said. “It’s much more than just what he says on the court. His whole de­meanor, you can tell he’s do­ing some­thing he loves. You get bas­ket­ball taken away for so long, you’re go­ing to have your good and bad days. But he’s been great for us.” No ad­di­tion: Golden State has no plans to bol­ster its front­court by sign­ing a cen­ter.

In ad­di­tion to Cousins, Damian Jones (pec­toral in­jury) and Dray­mond Green (toe in­jury) are side­lined.

“We’re not go­ing to do that,” Kerr said. “We’re not adding any­one right now. We need to be fully healthy be­fore we can re­ally as­sess any­thing.”

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