Mike Francesa: DeMarcus Cousins Injury Will Make Lakers A Better Team

DeMarcus Cousins
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DeMarcus Cousins’ poor luck with injuries isn’t getting any better.

Cousins signed a one-year contract with the Lakers this summer, but he won’t be playing this coming season. The Lakers announced on Thursday that Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during preseason workouts.

Los Angeles signed Cousins hoping that he could bolster their front court, but Mike Francesa said Friday on WFAN that he thinks the injury will ultimately make the Lakers a better team.

“Anytime he’s off the team it’s a blessing,” said Francesa. “(He’s) not a winning player. A player who is very talented, not a bad guy, but incredibly disruptive to winning basketball. He is a guy who does not fit in well. He is a guy who, to me, you’re better off when you don’t have him.”

Cousins has bounced around the league a bit since being traded from Sacramento to New Orleans. He was a part of the Warriors team that lost in the NBA Finals to the Raptors this past season, but he missed significant time due to injury. When he came back, he didn't look to be as explosive a player as he once was. 

The 29-year-old forward averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last year.

Francesa added that he has felt this way about Cousins throughout his career, but that he feels bad for him and would never root for someone to get injured.

“I’m not the only one who thought the same thing. I’ve had that opinion about him for years. I had the same opinion about him when he was in Golden State. I have the same opinion about him everywhere. I do not think he sets up for making (the Lakers) a winning team. I just don’t. I don’t think he’s a loss in any way. I feel bad that he got hurt. I don’t root for anybody to get hurt, but I think they are better off without him than with him.”

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