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Why the newest Warrior says DeMarcus Cousins will be back from Achilles injury

The Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, left, defends against the Boston Celtics' Jonas Jerebko on Dec. 2, 2016 in Boston. They are now teammates with the Golden State Warriors, and both know what it's like to suffer an Achilles injury.
The Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, left, defends against the Boston Celtics' Jonas Jerebko on Dec. 2, 2016 in Boston. They are now teammates with the Golden State Warriors, and both know what it's like to suffer an Achilles injury. Associated Press file

New Golden State Warriors addition Jonas Jerebko believes teammate DeMarcus Cousins will not have setbacks returning from a torn Achilles tendon.

Jerebko would know, seeing that he’s recovered from similar injury himself.

“He’s going to be back, no problem,” Jerebko said of Cousins. “I haven’t had any problems with it. I took my time. It took quite some time but I did my rehab right and I know he’s going to be back.”

Cousins, who averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks with the New Orleans Pelicans last season, tore his Achilles in Janaury reaching for a rebound. With the recovery process taking six months to a year, the center isn’t expected back until midseason.

If the former Kings All-Star needs any advice on how to recover, he can talk to the Swedish forward. In the 2010 preseason, he strained his right Achilles tendon, ending his sophomore campaign. When he returned in the 2011-12 season, he averaged 8.7 points on 46 percent from the field.

“It was tough, but there was no stopping there,” Jerebko said of the time missed. “I had to get back to work and try to earn a new contract, and I did. It was a tough time, but it’s behind me now. It was a long year.”

In the meantime, Jerebko said he’ll call the mercurial Cousins and offer advice if needed.

“I’m definitely going to talk to him when I get the chance,” Jerebko said. “He just needs to take his time. He’s going to be back, no problem.”

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