OAKLAND – DeMarcus Cousins isn’t out for retribution. If he were, he would have pushed and probably demanded to be active on Jan. 16, when his former team, the New Orleans Pelicans, visit the Warriors at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors center instead has targeted his return for the very next game, Jan. 18 against the Clippers in Los Angeles, which indicates he is not interested in sticking it to the franchise he feels abandoned him after he ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon last January.
“Nah, I’m past that point in my life,” Cousins said Thursday. “I’ll just be glad to be back on the floor. I’m not really looking for a vengeance game or anything for headlines or anything like that.
“I’ll be glad to be back on the floor, playing the game that I love to play, and I can care less who it is.”
So why decide on any specific game more than a week in advance?
“It was a battle between myself, the training staff and (the front office),” Cousins said. “Eventually, we all got on the same page and we settled for that date.”
Coach Steve Kerr was less firm in his commitment to Jan. 18.
“The idea is we have to give ourselves a little leeway,” he said. “The Clippers game is sort of the one we’ve targeted, but we should give ourselves some leeway on either side because we have to see how the next week goes.
“I suppose it’s a possibility that it could be New Orleans. “Maybe there’s a possibility that it’s whoever is after the Clippers (the Lakers). That’s the range that we’re looking at.”