Steve Kerr left the door slightly ajar last week that DeMarcus Cousins' return to the lineup could come sooner than this Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
He shut it on Tuesday, telling reporters in Denver that Cousins was ruled out for Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. But, the All-Star center is still on track to make his Warriors debut in Los Angeles.
Steve Kerr officially rules out DeMarcus Cousins for tomorrow vs. Pelicans, discusses the 42 FT's #Warriors allowed DEN to shoot in previous meeting & how he'll manage minutes w/back to back. pic.twitter.com/YiRVF2WIwh— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) January 16, 2019
Cousins has not played since Jan. 26, 2018, when he ruptured his left Achilles tendon as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. The 28-year-old told reporters last week he wasn't interested in a "revenge" game against his old club.
"Nah, I'm past that point in my life," Cousins said Thursday. "I'll just be glad to be back on the floor. I'm not really looking for a vengeance game or anything for headlines or anything like that.
"I'll be glad to be back on the floor, playing the game that I love to play, and I can care less who it is."
Kerr told reporters last week it was "a possibility" Cousins could play against his old club, but it was also possible Cousins would first play after that game against the Clippers.
"That's the range we're looking at," Kerr said at the time.
Cousins already knows what kicks he'll wear in his first game with Golden State, but his debut is starting to feel even more real.