The Golden State Warriors shocked the NBA world when they signed All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal.
However, the Warriors may not operate that much differently on the offensive end once Cousins is healthy and able to take the court. In a recent interview, head coach Steve Kerr made it clear that Golden State doesn't plan to alter their style of play aside from potentially a few plays down low for Cousins.
From Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle:
"We’re not going to change our style of play. We’ll definitely add a few plays for DeMarcus (Cousins) down on the block. But for the most part, we’re not going to change who we are.
"I do think in order to keep their interest, and to keep them fresh, we’ve got to change some aspects of our routine, and we’ll see what that means. Could mean altering or even getting rid of shootarounds, (or) only having shootarounds occasionally. Could mean changing the structure of practice, changing the amount of time we’re on the floor, maybe mixing up some different drills."
It's no secret that the Warriors have been the standard for excellence in the NBA after the team has won back-to-back NBA titles. Kerr has transformed Golden State into one of the most formidable rosters that the league has ever seen. Cousins just adds another dimension to the team.
Cousins is coming off a torn Achilles injury that he suffered in late January as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. Prior to the injury, the All-Star center was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks while also shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. Cousins was in the midst of having one of the best seasons of his NBA career and his 12.9 rebounds per contest were a career-high.
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