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DeMarcus Cousins Injury: Updates on Kings Star's Achilles and Return

Published by Bleacher Report on Sun, 01 Nov 2015

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins exited Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a "sore right Achilles," according to CSNBayArea.com'sJames Ham.Continue for updates.Cousins Diagnosed with Strained AchillesSunday, Nov. 1Head coach George Karl passed along the update after Cousins was ruled out for the remainder of the game, according to the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones.RotoWire.com's Jeff Stotts provided an overview of Cousins' history of Achilles injuries:Simply put, Cousins has emerged as one of the NBA's most versatile and valuable players over the past few seasons.During a 2014-15 campaign that saw Cousins battle viral meningitis and an array of ankle and leg injuries, the big man averaged 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals while being named to his first All-Star team.And while the Kings were largely overlooked as they won fewer than 30 games for the seventh consecutive season, Cousins' numbers proved to be historic.According to Basketball-Reference.com, Cousins joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, Bob McAdoo, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson as the only players in league history to average at least 24 points, 12 rebounds, three dimes and a block over the course of a season.As that production revealed, Cousins is locked in as the fulcrum of Sacramento's offense and defense.If there's any silver lining, though, it's that the Kings bolstered their frontcourt throughout the summer. With speedy rookie Willie Cauley-Stein and sturdy veteran Kosta Koufos in tow, Sacramento is finally equipped to withstand any sort of absence from its star big man.
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