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The Nick Young addition is fascinating and nearly riskless for Warriors

The Nick Young addition is fascinating and nearly riskless for Warriors

We should have known when the Golden State Warriors signed JaVale McGee nearly 300 days ago that they do not think outside the box so much as they have gotten rid of the box.

Thus, we should have known that their signing of Nick Young Wednesday makes perfect sense only in the context that the Warriors provided the perfect atmosphere for McGee to readjust his career arc upward.

Young, whose nickname Swaggy P almost certainly has been the most memorable thing about his NBA career, swallowed the Warriors’ mid-level exception (which is accountant-speak for one-seventh of Stephen Curry) and becomes the 58th Warrior in the “Bob Myers is drunk and he has Joe Lacob’s credit card” Era.

And while his gloriously bizarre history and playing-one-end-of-the-floor reputation would seem at first blush to be antithetical to who and what the Warriors are, McGee blow the last “What A Warrior Is Supposed To Be” template out of the water a year ago.

Thus, while we make no predictions about Young’s contributions in the upcoming season, we should also have no expectations to either side of the argument.

Young is 32, so he has no excuse if he doesn’t understand his place in the Warriors’ organizational chart. But he also knows that he has been on an almost unremitting stream of bad teams (his career win-loss record is a 203-433, a percentage of .317 which if he were a franchise would be the 53rd worst in the sport’s history) so this would be a new and potentially wondrous experience for him.

In short, the chances of him unnerving the Warriors with his Swaggy-P-itude are significantly less than the Warriors unnerving him by showing him what being on a relentlessly winning team can provide.

And while there are a multitude of places to find out how this fits in the Warriors’ tax structure, this is why the Young signing is fascinating. Not the notion that he is a reclamation project and Myers and coach Steve Kerr are natural-born redeemers, but that the Warriors have again looked past reputation by using their own internal culture as the antidote to whatever baggage Young may or may not bring from the Los Angeles Lakers’ hot-mess years.

Besides, they have decided they need the eggs – his shooting, to be exact. Plus, Lacob and Peter Guber have always wanted to add Kendrick Lamar to their list of front-row-seat-buying-A-list-entertainers.

Young, then, is a nearly riskless signing for a team that has established that it is stronger than the power of preconceptions. Sure, there could be salary cap ramifications for the Taxation Twelve if this doesn’t work, but again, that’s for the kids in Accounting to sweat.

Besides, after the magic they worked with McGee, and the magic he worked back, what’s Nick Young likely to do except find out what the rest of the NBA has already learned:

It’s nice to be a Warrior, and lousy to be chasing them.

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.

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"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