Los Angeles Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins suffers torn ACL; could miss season

Los Angeles Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins suffers torn ACL; could miss season

According to National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers center has suffered a knee injury, after battling back from a torn Achilles tendon in 2018, and torn quad in the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs.

The 29-year-old L.A. Lakers All-Star was practicing in Las Vegas on Monday. when his knee gave out while driving to the basket. He wound up having to sign a one-year, $5.3m contract with Golden State. After playing well towards the end of the regular season, Cousins then tore his left quadriceps in the first round of the playoffs. However, the Warriors were too injury-ridden by that time to fulfill its championship goals.

Los Angeles signed Cousins earlier this offseason and he was expected to compete with JaVale McGee for the starting center job.

The loss of Cousins will also hurt the Lakers' scoring depth, as he had the potential to be a player that could give them anywhere from 15-25 points a night depending on how healthy he was.

But those aspirations are on hold for now.

As bad of a situation as it is to lose Cousins for the better part - if not likely the whole - season, the Lakers find themselves now in desperate need of another big man.

"Injuries are part of the game but when you are talking about a player who has now dealt with the two most feared injuries for National Basketball Association players the Achilles and ACL each basically knocking you out for an entire season, to deal with that over a two-year, three-year span, it's unheard of", Kerr said. What they had done at their age and for their position ranked them among all-time greats.

To put those numbers in perspective, Anthony Davis averaged 26 points, 12 rebounds and four assists on 52 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range.

According to Wojnarowski, Cousins suffered the injury after "bumping knees" with another player. He seemed to be peaking at the right time in New Orleans with Anthony Davis before tearing his Achilles, often a death knell for a big man who relies on mobility and power like Cousins.

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