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Barbosa honoring old Suns teammate with jersey number

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Barbosa honoring old Suns teammate with jersey number

After two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, Leandro Barbosa is headed back to the place where his NBA career began. 

The 13-year veteran signed with the Phoenix Suns this offseason, where he first came into the league for the 2003-04 season out of Brazil. On Tuesday, Barbosa was officially introduced by the Suns, joining the franchise for the third time.

He played in Phoenix from 2003-10, and then again for the 2013-14 season. 

In his two stints with the Suns, Barbosa donned No. 10. At his introductory press conference, he revealed he will be wearing No. 19 -- the same he sported with the Warriors -- this season for a special reason.

"I picked No. 19 because of Raja (Bell). He was a real mentor to me when I was young," said Barbosa.

Barbosa was teammates with Bell from the 2005-06 season, all the way until he was traded to Charlotte after 22 games in the 2008-09 season.

With the Warriors, Barbosa posted solid numbers off the bench. Over 134 regular season games, he averaged 6.7 points per game. 

The veteran enjoyed his most team success ever with the Warriors as he won his first title. At Tuesday's press conference, Barbosa spoke about how excited he is to come back home to Phoenix.

"Phoenix will always be my home, ya know. Everything started here. My whole career -- I played eight seasons here already, and I love you guys, ya know," Barbosa said as he smiled at the podium. "There's a lot of new faces here, but I'm happy to be back."

Over his NBA career, Barbosa has averaged 11.0 points, 2.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game. He was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year with Suns for the 2006-07 season.

DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

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DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins isn't exactly on the best of terms with the New Orleans Pelicans organization. 

The four-time All-Star was hoping to re-sign with the franchise that traded for him back in February 2017, but things didn't work out. There is still some bad blood.

Cousins will make his Warriors debut on Friday against the Clippers. Apparently, he could have suited up against the Pelicans but opted to remain on the sideline.

[RELATEDDeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important]

"I wasn’t going to return against them,” Cousins told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports before the Warriors' victory. “I didn’t because I didn’t’ want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask Bob (Myers) that.

"I didn’t want to give y’all a storyline. That’s why (my return) is Friday.”

Cousins is right in that if he made his debut against the Pelicans, the emotions would have been off the charts. He made the right decision to wait two extra days.

At his introductory press conference with the Warriors back in July, the big man implied that New Orleans GM Dell Demps didn't offer him a contract.

"I’m gonna put it like this: Only me and Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night," Cousins declared. "We both know the truth. And I’ll leave it at that."

If you like drama, then mark April 9 on your calendar because that's when Cousins and the Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in New Orleans...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In April 2012, Steph Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle. The surgeon was Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

In late January 2018, DeMarcus Cousins underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. The surgeon was ...

... Dr. Richard Ferkel, who certainly will be watching when the Warriors big man takes the floor Friday night in Los Angeles.

[RELATED: Cousins’ debut means Warriors will face 10 crucial questions]

He recently spoke with NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh about Cousins' rehab process and acknowledged that keeping the six-time All-Star's weight down has been a top priority.

"The stress they're putting on is a little different than for somebody who is a 6-foot point guard," Dr. Ferkel said. "It probably extends the rehab a bit longer in bigger people than in smaller people.”

Cousins isn't a small person, and at various points throughout his career, he has needed to shed some pounds. At this point, that isn't an issue because he truly looks to be in very solid shape -- not elite-level "game shape," but he definitely passes the eye test right now.

But Warriors fans shouldn't expect a seamless assimilation. It will take Cousins some time to shake off the rust and get fully comfortable. He'll have to adapt to the Warriors' high-octane pace and style.

“I think it’s important for people to understand that even if he’s released, we, as part of DeMarcus’ team, feel this current release (to play) is really the final phase of his rehabilitation," Dr. Ferkel added. "We’re not saying he’s 100 percent like he would be if he was uninjured.

"He’s done everything he can do but be in a game situation with elite players.”

Buckle up and enjoy the ride ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller