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How DeMarcus Cousins will help Warriors in these three specific areas

How DeMarcus Cousins will help Warriors in these three specific areas

On Friday night, DeMarcus Cousins will play in his first NBA game since he tore his left Achilles tendon on Jan. 26, 2018. The whole basketball world will be watching as he makes his Warriors debut.

But one thing you shouldn't do is set lofty expectations, as it's going to take him time to find his rhythm and comfort zone.

As you keep your eye on Boogie's every move, pay close attention to how he is performing in the following three areas:

PASSING

Over his first six seasons, Cousins averaged just 2.7 assists per game. But in 2016-17, he dished out 4.6. And last year, he racked up a career-high 5.4 assists per contest.

The night his season came to an end, he recorded a season-high 11 assists in fewer than 30 minutes. He is more than willing to be a facilitator and is now surrounded by more talent than ever.

The Warriors cut off the ball a lot so even if he isn't double teamed, the four-time All-Star should be able to find teammates for layups or open jumpers left and right.

3-POINT SHOOTING

In the Steve Kerr era, the Warriors have never really had a big man like Cousins who can step out and consistently knock down 3-pointers. Then again, the NBA hasn't seen many big men like Cousins, period.

Cousins attempted just 69 3-pointers combined over his first five seasons in the league. But that all changed in 2015-16 when he jacked up 210 triples.

In 2016-17, he went 131-for-363 behind the arc (36.1 percent), and in 48 games last year he went 104-for-294 (35.4 percent). Steve Kerr recently said that the Warriors aren't going to slow down their pace for Cousins, which means a lot of his 3-point attempts will probably come with him trailing the play in transition. 

His defender has to respect his ability to space the floor, so Cousins' presence is going to open things up for his teammates.

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DEFENDING PERIMETER PLAYERS 

The biggest challenge facing Cousins will be containing guards and wings. Teams are going to try to isolate him in 1-on-1 situations (we are looking at you, James Harden) and test Boogie's ability to slide his feet.

When engaged, the two-time All-NBA selection has shown he's capable of being a very good defender. Last year, he tied his career high with 1.6 steals a game and also averaged 1.6 blocks (his career high is 1.7).

How much will his lateral quickness be impacted by the Achilles tear? We are going to find out very soon.

Be sure to watch the video above to see examples of everything we just discussed.

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

Andre Iguodala 'loves being that guy' to people rude to Steph Curry

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Andre Iguodala 'loves being that guy' to people rude to Steph Curry

"I'm the d***head. I don't care." -- Andre Iguodala.

So what's the context here exactly?

Well, Steph Curry is in a stratosphere of celebrity that not many people inhabit or experience. Every time the guy leaves the house, he has to deal with strangers who want autographs or pictures or a handshake.

As you can imagine, there are plenty of moments where Curry wants to be invisible and go undetected. Unfortunately, those are few and far between.

But if the two-time MVP is with Andre Iguodala...

... he's got the support and security he needs.

The following is an anecdote from a recent feature story from Anthony Slater of The Athletic on how Curry deals with unparalleled fame:

“Andre’s got that gift where he can make you feel uncomfortable,” (Shaun) Livingston said. “Like, ‘Uhh, maybe I don’t want to get a picture today.'”

“He loves it,” Curry said. “He loves being that guy.”

“I’m the d***head,” Iguodala said. “I don’t care. I’ll tell you: ‘Get the f**k away. What are y’all doing?‘ There’s a line that you can’t cross. People cross it a lot with him.”

“You gotta know who you’re dealing with,” Iguodala said. “You’re dealing with kids, it’s different. But if you’re dealing with grown men who try to abuse you for their wants, I ain’t having it.”

You have officially been warned -- if you run into Curry somewhere around the Bay Area and he is with Iguodala, then mind your own business.

In fact, you should leave Curry alone even if he isn't with the 2015 Finals MVP. But as Iguodala explained, that just isn't the reality.

“People will be waiting outside the gate or in the parking lot of a golf course,” the 35-year old told The Athletic. “It’s like, how did you even know we were here? People sitting around waiting to see what car we leave in. They’re at the hotel. They’ll get there early in the morning to see where we’re at. They’ll follow you.”

Don't be that guy...

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

Steph Curry first found troubles of fame going to Charlotte in 2013

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Steph Curry first found troubles of fame going to Charlotte in 2013

Steph Curry is a superstar. He might be the most recognizable player in the NBA. Maybe even in all of sports. 

But that wasn't the case not too long ago. Before the two MVP award and three NBA Finals titles, Curry could actually enjoy some peace and quiet with his family. 

Curry first found out about the troubles of stardom with fans while traveling home to Charlotte, N.C. in 2013. 

“Back when I was taking commercial flights,” Curry said in a lengthy interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “I never flew private.”

It was after his fourth season in the NBA. Curry was coming off a career-high 22.9 points per game at the time, and he led the Warriors to playoffs where they upset the Nuggets in the first round and battled the Spurs in a second-round loss. 

Curry, along with his wife Ayesha and a newly born baby daughter Riley, were recognized relentlessly in the airport. From the security line to trying to get to the gates, the Currys were constantly surrounded.

“One of the worst experiences of my life,” Curry said. “Getting bothered left and right from the time we showed up at the airport to the time we got to the house in Charlotte. That was probably when it was like, OK, this is crazy. And, yeah, it’s got even crazier from there.”

Two years later, Riley became a sensation by joining Steph at the postgame podium in the playoffs. As he looks back it now, it's one of the only things Steph regrets

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"I didn’t know how much that would blow up and how much of a splash she [would make] on the scene," Curry said. "If I could take that one back, I probably would, just because my goal is just to give my kids the best chance at success and at seeing the world in the proper way." 

This weekend, Curry and his family are back in Charlotte for NBA All-Star Weekend. He'll face his brother Seth in the 3-Point Contest, and it's safe to say all these years later, he'll know how to deal with the masses following his every move.