DeMarcus Cousins will start with Warriors, but his role is uncertain

DeMarcus Cousins will start with Warriors, but his role is uncertain

OAKLAND – Though there still is some uncertainty about when DeMarcus Cousins will make his Warriors debut, there is no doubt about how he will make his first appearance.

It will be as a starter.

“I’ll start him,” coach Steve Kerr said Thursday. “After that, everything is on the table. We have to figure out what the rotations will look like, how many minutes he can play. We’ll have to play around with the minutes, the combinations and the sets.

“We haven’t had a player like him here before. So it won’t be as simple as plug him in and he’ll fit right in. We’re going to play through him some, so there will be a period where we all have to adapt. Fortunately, we’re halfway through the year. We do have a lot of games to figure this out.”

Cousins, coming off surgery for a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon, is mentally prepared to make at least one adjustment.

“It’s obvious that I won’t be taking as many shots as I have in the past,” said Cousins, who averaged roughly 17 shots per game in his first eight seasons. “It’s an adjustment for everybody. That’s pretty obvious.”

The plan is for Cousins, in the beginning, to play between 12 and 16 minutes, roughly four minutes per quarter. After the first quarter, he will spent some time playing with secondary units.

“I’ve finished one step, and that’s completing the rehab and getting back to the floor,” Cousins said. “But now there are more steps ahead, which is building the chemistry, finding myself within the team and us all finding a comfortable place playing together. So there more steps ahead.”

Cousins is not putting any expectations on himself for his Warriors debut, which is tentatively set for Jan. 18 against the Clippers in Los Angeles. He is, however, eager to get there.

“I’m not expecting to come out and score 50 points or anything like that,” he said. “It would be great if I could. But that’s not my expectation. Just coming out and being a part of the team and winning the game. That’s good enough for me.”

Steve Kerr jokes about wanting to trade spots with Andre Iguodala

Steve Kerr jokes about wanting to trade spots with Andre Iguodala

Steve Kerr has accomplished a lot during his playing and coaching career.

He played four seasons for Lute Olson at Arizona. He spent 15 years playing in the NBA, and won five NBA titles during that time.

As a coach, Kerr has made the NBA Finals in each of his first four seasons with the Warriors, and has won three championships.

If you're Steve Kerr, there aren't many people you'd want to trade places with.

Except, there is one Warriors player Kerr would like to be.

"I definitely would trade spots with Andre [Iguodala]," Kerr said on Friday on 95.7 The Game. "I can only imagine what it has felt like to be Andre iguodala over the last 20 years playing basketball. That kind of athleticism, intelligence and feel, I could only dream about being the player he is."

Iguodala, a first-round pick in 2004, has won three titles with Kerr, was named NBA Finals MVP in 2015, was selected to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game and will have earned nearly $170 million through contracts by the time his deal with the Warriors is up.

So, we can understand why Kerr might want to trade places with Iguodala.

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Kerr was asked a really tough question by host Damon Bruce: Who had the better playing career as an Arizona Wildcat, himself or Iguodala?

"How do I answer that?" Kerr joked. "I guess I did because I was there five years and he was there two years."

Dirk Nowitzki remembers one thing most about 2007 Game 6 loss to Warriors

Dirk Nowitzki remembers one thing most about 2007 Game 6 loss to Warriors

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

May 3, 2017 is a special day in Golden State Warriors history.

The No. 8 seed Warriors knocked off the No. 1 seed Mavericks in Game 6 at Oracle Arena to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

Dirk Nowitzki -- who was named MVP about two weeks later -- had one of the worst games of his career. He scored just eight points and went 2-for-13 from the field.

But it was something that took place off the court that stands out more than anything for Dirk when he thinks about that difficult day.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic has the details:

“Crazy atmosphere,” Dirk remembered. “Crazy. One of the loudest buildings I’ve been in. The fans were so in it, any run they had.”

What does Dirk remember most? The pregame tailgates.

“It doesn’t happen much in basketball,” Dirk said. “Happens more in football, when the fans cookout before. But that was the case when we drove up to the arena two-and-a-half hours, three hours before tip.

“Fans were out there flipping us off, mooning us on our way in. It was crazy. As a competitor, fun to play, but it kind of pushed them to another level. The fans were a big part of that.”

On Saturday night, Dirk will play at Oracle for the last time in his career.

The crowds might not be as consistently loud as they were during the "We Believe" run in 2007, but the man who has scored the sixth most points in NBA history has a lot of respect for the people who have filled up Oracle over the years.

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“Oracle was always a fun place to play,” Nowitzki told The Athletic. “Even in the years early in my career, when the team wasn’t good, I thought the fans were always amazing there. Always great crowds. Always loud when they made runs. A great stop.

“They say the fans have changed a little bit. Because, yeah, obviously the ticket prices are a little higher than they used to be 20 years ago. But I didn’t really notice. It’s still super loud. Honestly, when Steph gets on one of his runs and starts shooting 3s from 35 feet, the place goes absolutely bonkers.”

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