The NBA world was shaken up on Thursday by the news that DeMarcus Cousins had suffered a torn ACL. The injury occurred on Monday during a private pickup game in Las Vegas.
While injuries at this time of year to anyone are devastating, it was particularly saddening for Cousins who has now suffered from a torn Achilles tendon, a ruptured quad and now the torn ACL in the last 18 months.
The NBA community at large took to social media and traditional media to send their well-wishes to Cousins in light of the news.
First and foremost was his new teammate Kyle Kuzma who spoke to reporters during a Team USA basketball practice in the Lakers’ training facility (via the Lakers’ Mike Trudell):
“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 … he was going to be a big part of what we’re going to do.”
Cousins’ former coach with the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr, was also on hand at the practice and gave his thoughts on the devastating injury:
Steve Kerr said he’s “devastated” for DeMarcus Cousins. “Injuries are a part of the game but you are talking about a player who has now dealt with the 2 most feared injuries for NBA players – the Achilles and ACL – each knocking you out for an entire season… it’s unheard of.” pic.twitter.com/lPC1LsQuTp
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) August 15, 2019
Other players from current and former teammates to stars around the league also sent out thoughts and prayers through social media:
🙏🏾 up for my big homie @boogiecousins !!!! Damn I hated to hear that 😔
— Garrett Temple (@GTemp17) August 16, 2019
fast recovery!!! 🙏🙏 @boogiecousins
— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) August 15, 2019
🙏🏽 for my guy @boogiecousins!!! This man was working is butt off … Keep your head up my G!
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) August 15, 2019
You will come back stronger brother @boogiecousins, best wishes for a speedy recovery! 🙏💪
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 15, 2019
Prayers up for the fam @boogiecousins … Stay Positive and Keep the Faith….💯💯💯
— DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) August 15, 2019
Praying for my brother @boogiecousins 🙏🏾🏁
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) August 15, 2019
Prayers up for my BBN Brother @boogiecousins 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) August 15, 2019
Man, I feel for Boog right now. I know this shit is tough but don’t give up big homie. You have a lot of people rooting for you @boogiecousins
— Trevor Booker (@35_Fitz) August 15, 2019
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) August 15, 2019