DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury has Draymond Green 'at a loss for words'


DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury has Draymond Green 'at a loss for words'

The emotion Draymond Green felt when he heard former Warriors teammate DeMarcus Cousins had torn his left ACL likely is the same emotion you felt Thursday morning.

"Really just sadness," Green told ESPN's Marc J. Spears

Cousins signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, and he was looking to bounce back after he ruptured Achilles in Feb. 2018 and tore a quad muscle in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round NBA playoff series against the Clippers in April.

Instead, Cousins is looking at missing a full season as he recovers from another devastating injury.

"One of my goals coming into this season was for DeMarcus to just destroy everybody," Green told Spears. "And come back and show how great of a player he really is and get what I think he deserves. Obviously to have this injury ... I'm really at a loss for words about it. It's one that really hurt me for sure."

As Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday, the NBA is a small community. Green and Cousins are brothers. Just last week, the two players, along with Wizards guard John Wall and Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe, crashed a pick-up basketball game in the Bahamas.

"I saw DeMarcus last week, looking very slim [and] in shape," Green told Spears. "I said, 'Wow, you're like Kentucky Boogie!' Just to see the work that he's been putting in and obviously to have this injury, like ... like what's next? You go through that same process again, eventually it becomes tedious. Obviously wishing him all the best, and [I will] offer all the support that I can."

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Cousins made it back from both the Achilles and quad injuries, but he's got a long road ahead of him now. Three serious leg injuries in 18 months is crushing. But Green believes Cousins' background will help him overcome this battle.

"He made it out of Mobile, Alabama," Green said. "The NBA is tough. It's very tough to get to. It's very tough to stay in. But he made it out of Mobile, Alabama. If he can do that, he can do anything."

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

You'd think people would have learned by now, but if you tweet an insult at Kevin Durant, be prepared for him to come right back at you.

Still, some people have to learn the hard way.

The former Warrior recently offered his NBA Finals prediction, in which he picked the Los Angeles Clippers to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks for the title. That was consistent with his Western Conference finals prediction from October when he said the Clips would beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

As you might expect, Lakers fans generally didn't take too kindly to that. A few of them expressed their displeasure with the two-time NBA Finals MVP on Twitter on Saturday, so Durant sarcastically sought to quell their pain.

Then, this happened:

Congratulations #LakeShow Rudy, you played yourself.

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He wasn't the only Lakers fan that became the target of a KD clapback:

When are these keyboard warriors going to learn?

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Warriors' Draymond Green believes Kevin Durant NBA's best scorer ever

Warriors' Draymond Green believes Kevin Durant NBA's best scorer ever

Stop the presses. Draymond Green and Charles Barkley disagree on something.

Green appeared on TNT's pregame show Saturday, and after they revealed the 2019-20 MVP finalists, Barkley made the case that Houston Rockets guard James Harden is the best scorer in NBA history.

"Y'all laughed at me. Everybody laughed at me a couple years ago," Barkley said. "I said [Harden] is the best offensive player. He's not as great of a player as Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, but this guy here, might be the greatest offensive player we've ever had because, as great as Michael and Kobe were, they weren't 3-point shooters. This guy is a better 3-point shooter ... "

Co-host Kenny Smith interjected and referenced Bryant's 81-point game.

"I think James Harden could get 80 in a game," Barkley said. "If he went out and just 'I'm going to get 80.' "

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That's when Green jumped into the conversation.

"But does James score like that back then when y'all were playing and fouls weren't called the same way they're called today?" Green asked.

"I did use that caveat: In today's game, he's the greatest scorer I've ever seen," Barkley responded. "It's a different game, but he's the best we got offensively today."

Barkley, Smith and host Ernie Johnson tried to steer the conversation back to the MVP debate, but Green reverted back to the "best scorer ever" chat.

"Kevin Durant's the best scorer, by the way," Green said. "The best scorer ever. Not even close. No disrespect to James, but Kevin Durant is the best scorer ever."

"That's fair," Barkley said. "I don't agree with you."

That's some high praise from Green for his former teammate. Green played a big part in convincing Durant to sign with the Warriors in 2016, but their relationship soured after an on-court argument in Los Angeles during the 2018-19 season.

Regardless of the relationship between Green and Durant, the current Warriors forward has a point. Yes, Jordan, Bryant and Harden have put together some of the best single-season scoring numbers, but Durant is so unique in the ways he can score. We've never seen anything quite like the four-time NBA scoring champ.

Durant is lethal from the 3-point line, he can post up and score at will on the block and he can get to the rim whenever he wants.

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Green never played against Jordan, but he grew up watching Bryant and faced him his final few seasons in the league, he's gone up against Harden in the NBA playoffs several times over the last few years, and he's played with and against Durant.

As one of the premier defenders in the NBA, Green would know better than anyone who the best scorers in the league are. If he says Durant is the best, a lot of weight should be put into those words.