Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins Suffers Torn ACL Injury In Left Knee
Los Angeles Lakers newly acquired center, DeMarcus Cousins suffered a serious knee injury this week that could cost him yet another missed season. According to reports, Cousins, 29, was working out in Las Vegas on Monday when he had to leave the court after “bumping knees” with another player. After fiber testing, the Lakers announced Cousins in fact torn his left ACL in his knee.
Video of DeMarcus Cousins’ ACL injury
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 15, 2019
In a team statement, the Lakers write,
“Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, which was confirmed by his agent, Jeff Schwartz, of Excel Sports Management on Thursday.”
Last season, cousins recovered after suffering an Achilles tendon tear while playing for New Orleans during the 2017-18 season. He joined the Lakers, who look to have a standout upcoming season after missing the playoffs last post season. After USA Basketball practice Thursday, Lakers teammate Kylie Kuzma addressed Cousin’s ACL injury,
“It’s no joke when you get injured. This is our livelihood and it’s something that we love to do. It’s super unfortunate for a guy like DeMarcus because you can just tell how much he loves basketball through all of these injuries. He’s fought back and tried to get back as early as possible. That’s kind of how the ball goes sometimes. He was going to be a big part of what we’re going to do.”
Stunned NBA players went took to social media to express encouraging words and prayers for Cousins. Including Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas, and Lakers teammate, Jared Dudley.
Cousins averaged 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds in his nearly decade career in the NBA. This off season, he signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers in July.
The news hit social media hard, here are some fan reactions to Cousin’s injury.
Media: Demarcus cousins bumped knee with a player in training
Me: oh well doesn’t sound so bad but poor Boogie never catches a break
Media: Demarcus Cousins has torn his ACL
— Dyl ?? (@blondedobj) August 15, 2019
“Demarcus cousin has suffered a torn acl”
— ®6?? (@MrSplashman99_) August 15, 2019
— santana (@JorgeSantanaaa) August 15, 2019
Woj: Test results are conclusive today in Los Angeles: Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn left ACL
Lebron on Taco Tuesday: pic.twitter.com/lisirdKQAH
— Luke Mansour (@luke__mansour) August 15, 2019
Get well soon DeMarcus!