New Orleans Pelicans star DeMarcus Cousins was helped off the court during the fourth quarter of Friday’s game against the Houston Rockets after he reportedly suffered a full rupture of his left Achilles, per Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com first reported the possible rupture, and Wojnarowski noted the center will miss six to 10 months with the injury.
“We’re scared about it,” head coach Alvin Gentry said, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “I feel horrible for him. Everything that he’s done and what he’s made himself and the improvements in all areas that he’s made, on and off the court, it’s just been great. Our guys feel terrible.”
Boogie Cousins is one of the most exciting players in the NBA. He can score from anywhere on the court. He can block your shot into the concession stands. And he could lose his cool and chokeslam a referee through the announcer’s table at any given second.
Now, he’s gone.
The New Orleans Pelicans are currently sitting 6th in the Western Conference at 27-21 and they were a real wildcard heading into the postseason. The combination of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins bullying smaller guys in the frontcourt was a matchup nightmare for 99% of NBA teams. How do you stop two 7-foot tall monsters who can dribble like shooting guards and can hit 3-pointers at will?
Boogie Cousins was averaging 25.2 points per game with 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists. There have only been four players in NBA history who have averaged 25/10/5 and all four of those players won the MVP award, including Russell Westbrook last season.
This torn achilles completely reshapes the NBA landscape. Not only are the Pelicans doomed but teams looking to trade for Boogie’s expiring contract are SOL. The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a rim protector who can score buckets ever since Tristan Thompson impregnated OJ Simpson’s daughter and now Cousins is off the table.
This injury is only good news for Paul George stans who will see Russell Westbrook’s towel boy get into the All-Star game as an injury replacement. Ah, no better feeling than being snubbed for the All-Star game and then being awkwardly invited after one of the best players in the game can no longer walk.
Cancel. The. Season.
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