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DeMarcus Cousins' 5-on-5 practice for G League Warriors ups confidence

DeMarcus Cousins' 5-on-5 practice for G League Warriors ups confidence

The good news continues to roll in for the Warriors.

On the day the Dubs get back Draymond Green after an 11-game absence, DeMarcus Cousins rehabbed his Achilles with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State's G League affiliate, on Monday and came out confident about his progress.

“If my life depended on it, I can go out and play a game,” Cousins told Logan Murdock of the Mercury News. "I want to be 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as I can be. I want my body in tip-top shape -- it’s not even about the Achilles. It’s about my other body parts and making sure everything is fine-tuned and in the best shape possible to go out and play a full game.”

Cousins, who initially tore his Achilles nearly 11 months ago, did not mention when he potentially would make his season debut. Cousins participated in 5-on-5 practices Monday, and Santa Cruz coach Aaron Miles said Boogie “looked good.” But whenever Cousins does come back to the NBA, he says his Achilles is the last thing on his mind.

“[There was] no nervousness at all," he said. “I’m more worried about pulling a hammy or something like that. It’s been a while since I’ve played and reacted. The Achilles is the least of my worries.”

[RELATED: Watch Boogie's full Santa Cruz press conference]

Cousins will attend the Warriors-Timberwolves game Monday night in Oakland before practicing again in Santa Cruz on Wednesday. The progress Boogie makes this week in Santa Cruz likely will be the final determination about when he will return to the big club.

The Warriors currently are first in the West, get one All-Star back and have another returning soon. It’s nice to have an embarrassment of riches, eh?

Report: Warriors expected to hire Miles as Santa Cruz head coach

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Report: Warriors expected to hire Miles as Santa Cruz head coach

The Warriors are reportedly on the verge of making a hire.

Aaron Miles is expected to be named head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors, according to Adam Johnson of 2ways10days.com.

Casey Hill -- who recently became the head coach of the Clippers' G League affiliate -- was at the helm for the past four seasons.

Miles played his college ball at Kansas, where he averaged 6.9 assists per game over four seasons with the Jayhawks.

He went undrafted in 2005, but signed with the Warriors and appeared in 19 games for Golden State during the 2005-06 campaign.

The Portland native played overseas for many years before retiring following the 2014-15 season.

He returned to his alma mater for one year as assistant director of student-athlete development.

Last season, he served as an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast, helping the Eagles reach the NCAA Tournament.

The Santa Cruz Warriors reached the G League Finals in 2013 and 2014, won the title in 2015 and lost in the opening round of the playoffs last season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller