DeMarcus Cousins knows what he can do alongside Anthony Davis after being teammates of the New Orleans Pelicans.
But throw LeBron James alongside the duo of great men and Cousins is excited about the possibilities offered to the Los Angeles Lakers.
"That's part of the reason we wanted to become teammates again," Cousins said after teaming up with Davis at a teleconference with the Lakers press. "We realized how much we mutually improved each other and how much we made each other's game easier.
"To add LeBron James to his team, his resume speaks for himself.One of the greatest players to have ever played the game, it should also be an exciting season."
The cousins signed a one – year contract with the Lakers, representing the free agent, and found their former teammates Pelicans, Davis and Rajon Rondo. With the Lakers surrounding James and Davis with personalities such as Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Rondo, Quinn Cook and Jared Dudley, Cousins sees a powerful team.
"The list is incredible," said Cousins, who could start at the center with Davis in power ahead. "I think we have a lot of talented paper on paper, we seem legitimate, we seem to have a great chance to compete for a title, obviously the game is not played on paper. 39 is our work coming together, mesh and get the same page, build chemistry and win games.With regard to paper, we look great. "
Cousins know how incredible a team can be before the start of the season. The big man signed a one-year, $ 5.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors last summer to form what many thought was an unstoppable super team once the Cousins recovered from an Achilles tear on January 26, 2018.
He returned from his operation last January with an average of 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 regular season games. He began to hit in March and April. But in the second game of the first round against the Clippers, Cousins suffered a new setback, tearing his left quad by attacking a loose ball.
"In fact, the game that I tore my quad … that day [I was] saying how good I felt, "says Cousins. I really started to feel again, and unfortunate things ended up happening that night. I felt really good at the time. It's a good thing because I know it's possible to come back to this place. It's the positive that I pulled out. "
Despite the initial fear that he would miss the entire playoffs, Cousins returned to play in the NBA finals in a limited role. He had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the second game and 14 points and six rebounds in the fifth game – two wins for the Warriors.
"I work my tail every day," Cousins said of his health. "My quad is 100% healed, I build it every day and my body every day, and I'm getting stronger, I'm in better shape, my plan is to come to the training camp for My goal is to play 82 games this season, I want a full season of health and going to the playoffs, and whatever happens. "
Cousins is delighted to be reunited with Davis. The cousins were traded from Sacramento to New Orleans during the 2016-17 season. During the 2017-18 season, he averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 48 games played alongside Davis before tearing his Achilles.
During this season, Davis and Cousins played 1,095 minutes together before the Cousins' end-of-season injury, and the Pelicans outscored their opponents by 5.3 points per 100 possessions while both were on the ground, according to the advanced statistics of the NBA.
Cousins said that he did not know what his exact role would be, but he would do everything that head coach Frank Vogel would ask him. Cousins is ready to prove itself and establish a market for the big man next summer after trying to do it last season on a one – year contract with the Warriors.
"I've been somehow questioned all my life, and I use that as fuel to keep pushing every day," said Cousins. "One of my biggest fears is to be wrong to prove to someone who does not agree with me or who does not have my best interest at heart.
"So, having said that, I'm always trying to prove that this type of person is wrong."