Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins was “Ready to Quit” After Recent Quad Injury

DeMarcus Cousins with Pelicans (left) in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After being out for a year with torn Achilles, Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins successfully worked his way back to the court and got a chance to compete in the postseason for the first time in his NBA career. But things went south for Cousins once again, as he suffered a quad injury in his second playoff game. This all made the 28-year-old center question his NBA career.

“I was just ready to quit, throw the towel in.” – Cousins told ESPN’s Rachel Nicholson in a recent interview. “You always, human nature, the first is like, “Why? Why me? Why now? What did I do wrong? Why do I deserve this?”

Luckily, Cousins’ love for the game and competitive spirit prevailed, and he decided to focus on another comeback. This turned out to be the right move, as he recovered just in time for NBA Finals where he will try to help Golden State three-peat.

“I had to dig deep” – he added. “I had to do some soul-searching and, you know, throughout both injuries, it was times where I just — you know, like, ‘Forget it.’ Like, I’ll just take my time with it and whatever happens, happens. … I just couldn’t go out that way.”

DeMarcus Cousins is currently averaging 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the NBA Finals against Toronto Raptors. He had 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists per game in the regular season.