ESPNPelicans All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins will undergo surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season, league sources told ESPN. An MRI late Friday night confirmed an initial diagnosis of a full tear of the tendon, league sources told ESPN. “We were starting to play damn good basketball,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told ESPN in a text message. “DeMarcus has been great.” Cousins suffered the noncontact injury with about 12 seconds left in Friday’s 115-113 win over the Rockets when he attempted to rebound his own missed free throw by poking the ball away from Houston’s Trevor Ariza. After landing hard on his left leg, Cousins hopped a couple of times on his right foot and then collapsed to the court when he attempted to put pressure on his left foot again.
There is no other way to describe it, this injury is absolutely devastating, for the New Orleans Pelicans and for NBA fans everywhere. The Pelicans acquired DeMarcus Cousins at the trade deadline last year, and after a full season playing with fellow all-world big man Anthony Davis, the two were starting to gel. Cousins was averaging 25.2 points 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, he was set to start the All-Star game alongside his teammate Anthony Davis, and a Pelicans team that had started slow was suddenly the 6th seed in the West with a 27-21 record. There was also buzz around the league that the Western Conference powers such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets has noticed how well AD and Boogie were playing together, and were starting to worry about how they would be able to match up with the two best big men in basketball in a playoff series, while the Pelicans do not have the talent of those teams they were suddenly an upset threat. However, that all changes now, as Boogie Cousins tore his Achilles last night in a win over the aforementioned Rockets and will miss the remainder of the season. This is a devastating injury of Cousins, he is a free agent following this season, and while he was in incredible shape this season teams will want to see a player who has had weight issues in the past remains in shape while rehabbing from a serious injury before handing out a max contract. The sad news is, with Cousins set to hit the free agent market, we may have seen the end of the twin towers experiment in New Orleans, just as it was showing signs of becoming very dangerous come playoff time.