DeMarcus Cousins: 'I'm back, and I'm not looking back'

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After missing nearly a year of action due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, DeMarcus Cousins is set to make his NBA return. When he does, he’ll be debuting as a member of the Golden State Warriors, after signing with the two-time defending champions in July. In advance of his Warriors debut, Cousins sat down with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to discuss coming back from such a devastating injury, his tumultuous career and the talent overload in Oakland.

Nichols: It is happening. You are finally going to walk out onto the court and be an NBA player again. What do you think that’s gonna feel like?

Cousins: Kind of nervous about it, actually. You know, at the end of this month, it’ll basically be a calendar year. So it’s been a long time coming, to say the least.

Nichols: You’ve called this the most challenging, the most

Cousins calls Warriors 'most hated team in sports'

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Ahead of his long-awaited debut with the Golden State Warriors, All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins said he believes he’ll be joining up with the “most hated team in sports.”

In a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Cousins said he hasn’t focused on the reaction from fans since he signed as a free agent with the Warriors this past summer.

“I don’t really pay attention to storylines,” Cousins told ESPN. “I mean, they’re gonna say what they have to say. They’re gonna add their opinions. We’re the most hated team in sports.”

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He's on fire: James Harden's streak by the numbers

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Even in a losing effort, James Harden is making history. He finished with 58 points in the Houston Rockets‘ overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, two days after dropping 57 on the Memphis Grizzlies. Until Spencer Dinwiddie (33 points) and Jarrett Allen (20 points, 24 rebounds) led impressive comebacks in the fourth quarter and overtime, it looked like the biggest story of the night would be the reigning MVP making his case for a repeat by lifting a short-handed Rockets squad to another win. As it was, Harden still put up eye-popping numbers that have to be seen to be believed.

Harden’s 58 points were the most he has scored this season and two shy of his Rockets franchise record. Only Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (60 points vs. 76ers in November) has scored more in a game this season. Combined with the 57

Nets stun Rockets in OT, spoiling Harden's 58

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HOUSTON — Spencer Dinwiddie didn’t seem to be nearly as wowed by his late-game scoring for the Brooklyn Nets as he was by the fact that his team got an overtime victory on a night when James Harden had a season-high 58 points.

“The man had 60 and we won,” Dinwiddie said, shaking his head and only slightly exaggerating Harden’s performance. “That’s big time for a young group.”

Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Nets spoiled Harden’s night with a 145-142 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

Harden had his second straight season high after scoring 57 in a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, but he was only 5-of -9 from 3-point range. The Rockets shot an NBA-record 70 3s, making just 23.

Harden has scored at least 30

'He's from Krypton or something': Steven Adams is the NBA world's strongest man

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STEVEN ADAMS LOVES the sauna.

Actually, Steven Adams loves the sow-nah, which is how he makes sure to pronounce it, overemphasizing his Kiwi accent.

The sow-nah has some mythical power in Adams’ mind, the ability to tweak body chemistry, release hormones and increase strength. It’s performance-enhancing science, and Adams loves science.

“The research behind it, mate, you can bloody ask one of those guys who’s got a degree,” Adams says. “Bloody science, whatever mate. I’m a big fan of science, but whoever searched that up, cool man, because I’m a fan of the sauna.”

Adams says it’s just relaxing and feels nice — good for the hair and the skin. But it also might be the secret source of his seemingly superhuman strength.

“He says it’s good for testosterone levels, for testosterone growth or something,” former teammate Taj Gibson says.

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Nuggets' Nikola Jokic leads NBA in assists dished in half-court sets

Nikola Jokic, the focal point of the Denver Nuggets, deserves consideration as a starter in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game for so many reasons.

The Serbian-born center has allowed Denver to adapt an offensive culture that revolves around incredible playmaking and distributing. The Nuggets rank No. 2 overall in the Western Conference in passes per game (317.1), while Jokic leads the league (71.2) in the same category. He ranks fourth among all players in assist percentage (38.4) and sixth in total assists (323) – the only center in the Top 20 in either category.

Just over halfway through the season, 65.1 percent of the field goals the Nuggets have connected on were assisted. That ranks No. 3 overall in the NBA, barely trailing the Philadelphia 76ers for the top spot.

the loping, soft arcing, changeup speed pass

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Enes Kanter invited Daniel Radcliffe to London before canceled trip

New York Knicks big man Enes Kanter will not be joining his teammates when they face the Washington Wizards in the United Kingdom.

Kanter said that he was originally permitted to travel with the team to London, but he was only allowed to go to practice and to the game. Plus, he would have to be with security at all times.

The franchise later changed their mind, saying it was only one game and it would be best for him to stay at home. Kanter said it made him sad because he hates missing games.

Prior to the change of plans, the big man was especially excited to go to London for the first time and already made some fascinating plans for his trip abroad (via The Full 48):

“The funny part of it is I met Daniel

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Ranking the best young cores in the NBA

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Every year, the league gets inundated with more and more fresh talent – young men who are capable of things players 20 years ago couldn’t even dream of doing.

As such, various teams around the Association have used the draft to create contenders, with many going out of their way to lose games in order to secure higher draft picks, and increase their chances of securing their next franchise cornerstones.

Of course, certain teams have been more successful than others using this strategy.

Below, HoopsHype ranks all 30 teams based on the strength of their 24-and-younger players.

Young core: Thomas Bryant, Sam Dekker, Devin Robinson, Troy Brown

Despite the promise Thomas Bryant has shown while filling in for the injured Dwight Howard (Bryant is averaging 9.7 ppg on 67.5 percent shooting as a starter) over the past

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