Following the first Lakers practice after the NBA All Star break, LeBron James spoke to the media about DeMarcus Cousins’ eventual return:
“Listen, first, his health is the thing we’re mostly engaging in and watching him. And he’s progressed every single day, every single month. To the point where he was limping and now he’s actually shooting and actually jumping on the jump shots, and progressing every single day, every single week. He’s out there right now, getting his work done.
We want to continue to stay optimistic about his health. We don’t want no setbacks, as he’s had before in the last couple years. But his health is most important, and if we can get Cuz anywhere back to what he was capable of doing a couple years ago, it’s a plus for us. But there’s no pressure on him. There’s no pressure on our ballclub to have him out there right away, or whenever that case may be. We want him to be healthy and have a great, clear mind and a great attitude, which he’s done since he’s gotten here,” James said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.