LOS ANGELES – Paul George said he was happy to see another character in the locker room. Patrick Beverley welcomed the move that will improve the inside depth of the clippers. Tyronn Lue summed it up like this: « He’s a problem. »
On Tuesday, it was finally clear to the Clippers to talk about DeMarcus Cousins, whose 10-day signing became official on Monday after being expected for much of the previous week when the decorated tall man reported the COVID- Goed through 19 NBA health and safety protocols.
After Tuesday’s 133-116 win over Portland, DeMarcus Cousins was finally invited to speak about DeMarcus Cousins - despite the Veterans Center’s contribution of seven points in seven minutes from the bench at 3: 4- Shooting was something itself.
« I put an incredible amount of work into getting this place, » said Cousins after adding four rebounds and two assists as he embarked on a brief guaranteed stint with one of the NBA perceived title contenders .
“I feel great, my body feels great. I’m probably in the best shape I’ve seen in my entire career. At this point, the point is to go out there and just put it all together and keep showing that I’m healthy and that I’m here to play this game at a high level.
« I understand the situation I am in. Whatever opportunity I am presented with, I plan to just take full advantage of it and only control what I can control. »
Even so, Lue said cousins had some reason to make up. However, the Clippers trainer can imagine the benefits of boogie jumping for his team.
« Cousins were good, » said Lue. « Just tough because he doesn’t know that many games right now, so we’re limited offensively. But he’s a problem. He’s a big load, he can line up, he can score 3, he can overtake basketball. He can do a lot Doing things.
« It just gets him in shape and gets him used to what we’re trying to do offensively and defensively, but we already know he’s a great talent. »
And that could give the clippers a boost between the pipes, but also on the practice area, where the constantly improving Ivica Zubac will particularly benefit, said Beverley.
« Serge (Ibaka) obviously has a back injury. (So Cousins) brings toughness, big body, rebound, can help Zu with the exercises, » said Beverley.
George fondly recalled his experience with cousins on the U.S. Olympic team, which won the gold medal in 2016, and suggested that cousins talents surpass the on-court skills that the NBA would get in a decade four All-Star selections and two All-NBA honors have led basketball, a career badly weighed down by injuries to an Achilles, a quadriceps, and an ACL.
« He’s funny, man. A lot of people who don’t know him are funny, » said George. « I thought he made the experience for fun. He definitely made it easy and easy, he got it all made us laugh and then honestly he’s just a fun guy to be around.
« His personality is big so I’m looking forward to it, I’m looking forward to just having one more great staff in our locker room, another character in our locker room. He’s a good person, a real person think that’s what we liked best at this run in Brazil in 2016. It was how light-hearted and easy he kept everything on this run for the gold medal. »
« We just do whatever it takes for the team, » said Cousins, who played 25 games earlier this season and averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds for Houston. “Come in, head down, ready to work every day and whenever my mind is called to just be ready to play.
« I don’t think this is a team that is missing much, » continued Cousins. « They are a defensive team. I think they are one of the best defensive teams in the league. » Obviously they have a two-headed snake in Kawhi (Leonard) and PG, and obviously everyone else’s job is to make their job easier. I think this is probably one of the most complete teams in the league. I just bring everything I can to help this team and make it better. »
He will make his second jump on Thursday when he and the Clippers host the Phoenix Suns, whose 11-3 start from the All-Star break catapulted them into second place in the Western Conference. Before Phoenix swung through the Staples Center, the Suns had home against the Utah jazz with the best seeds at home on Wednesday night.
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George hit a season high of 39 points to lead the Clippers to victory at the teams’ first meeting, a chippy, chirpy affair in the desert.
After George scored 36 points in Tuesday’s victory, he was looking forward to another meeting with Phoenix.
« They always look forward to these big matchups, » said George. « We have her there, I know she’s itching to come over here and get one here. They’re playing well right now and it’s going to be a clash. Thursday night should be a clash and we’re ready for it, we’re looking forward to it. »
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