It’s been nearly a year since DeMarcus Cousins has played in an NBA game, so the whole basketball world was anticipating his debut as a member of the Golden State Warriors on Friday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers.
Not everyone was psyched about it, if you can imagine. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, for one, had some pretty mixed feelings about the fairness of the Warriors trotting out five All-Stars in their starting lineup, regardless of whether has positive feelings for Boogie about his health and his rehabilitation.
But, needless to say, the Warriors themselves were pretty psyched about adding Boogie to the mix, and when he bulldozing his way through the lane in the opening minutes to hammer home his first point with his new team, everyone on the bench erupted in celebration.
It’s unclear just how much game time Boogie would log on Friday night against the Clippers has he works his way back into playing shape, but this is a pretty good start after such a long absence from a devastating injury.
Boogie now joins a team that boasts four All-Stars, two regular-season MVPs, a Defensive Player of the Year, and perhaps the two greatest shooters of all-time. If this is a harbinger of what’s to come, then the rest of the NBA is officially on notice.