DeMarcus Cousins will make his Warriors debut January 18

DeMarcus Cousins will make his Warriors debut January 18

And the rebuttal to their up and down play for much of the season has been some variation of, "they'll flip the switch when it matters most, in the playoffs" to "don't worry, DeMarcus Cousins returns soon and all will be fixed".

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday that Cousins' return was getting closer but wouldn't confirm a specific date.

Cousins is recovering from suffering a torn Achilles injury he suffered last January when he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. "I just love the style of play that they play with, and so I heavily considered that and I asked them if they would like me there, and they said 'Yeah'".

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins, a Mobile, Ala. native himself, had reason to be, too.

The New York Times' Marc Stein reported via Twitter that the defending champs were looking at their upcoming Los Angeles trip for Cousins' return to action.

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Kerr said earlier this week he has been impressed by Cousins' recent workouts. In exchanging their bench depth for Cousins, the Warriors have upgraded their starters to an unparalleled level. However, Kerr did admit that the team and Cousin have agreed to a timetable in which he's expected back.

In this picture, Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors attends a shootaround ahead of the team's preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 10, 2018.

While there has been no official word from the Warriors on the accuracy of the date, mid-January falls in line with Cousins projected recovery timetable. The Warriors already have a lineup with four all-stars, including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant.

An Achilles injury is by no means career-ending, but it does limit the mobility of players affected by it and diminish their overall ability.

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