Cousins has lost upwards of 20 pounds this offseason, Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee reports. Cousins has reportedly spent the past two and a half months dedicating himself to hot yoga, an exercise regimen that involves practicing yoga in high temperatures. The big man's weight loss has been motivated by the upcoming Summer Olympics, in which Cousins is participating, but could prove beneficial in the NBA season next year if he can keep up the progress. The 6-11 forward averaged 26.9 points and 11.5 rebound in 2015-16.
Cousins will play for Team USA during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The bruising Cousins should fit in well with the physical style many international big men choose to embrace, but he'll have an athleticism advantage over many of the other frontcourt players he encounters. Look for Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Draymond Green to occupy most of the minutes at either power forward or center during the competition.
Cousins will sit out the Kings' final two games for rest, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento (KXTV) reports. The plan all along for Cousins was to hold him out of the Kings' final two road games, so the official ruling comes as no surprise. With Cousins on the sidelines, look for Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos to take on heavy workloads for the remainder of the season. With two years left on his contract, Cousins will be back with the Kings next season and should be ready to go at the start of training camp. In a year riddled with injuries, Cousins finishes the 2015-16 campaign with averages of 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks over 65 games.
Cousins (rest) will be out for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports. Cousins has now played just one game in the last eight days after resting against the Nuggets on Saturday and serving a one-game suspension against the Heat last Friday. Coach George Karl previously said that he intended to hold Cousins out for the rest of the Kings' season-ending two-game road trip, and appears to be making good on that intention and-then-some as he keeps Cousins out on Thursday. Though it is anybody's guess if Cousins will play at all before the season ends, his next opportunity to play will come on Saturday, April 9 against the Thunder.
Cousins tallied 30 points (11-21 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-11 FT), nine rebounds, three blocks, two steals, and one assist over 38 minutes in Tuesday's 115-107 loss to the Blazers. Cousins had missed the Kings' previous two games while serving a one-game suspension Friday against the Heat and resting Saturday against the Nuggets, but returned with his usual flair Tuesday. The moody big man was unable to stop himself from accruing his 17th technical foul of the season, however, and his next one will trigger another one-game suspension. Coach George Karl recently stated that he intends to hold Cousins out for rest in the team's season-ending two-game road trip, so assuming that plan holds, Cousins will face the Timberwolves on Thursday and the Thunder on Saturday before getting an early start on the offseason.
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||68||524||47.7||2||16.7||389||74.8||1438||21.15||37.7|