Reports: Cousins looking to make Warriors debut Jan. 18

Standout center DeMarcus Cousins apparently finally has a target date to make his Warriors debut.

DeMarcus Cousins is finally coming off the basketball shelf and onto court.

At least, that appears to be the case as multiple reports say Cousins is hoping to make his Golden State Warriors debut Jan. 18 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers.

If weren’t for LeBron James, Cousins would have been this summer’s biggest free-agent signing, as the All-Star center inked a one-year deal with the two-time defending champions in July.

Cousins will be returning return from Achilles’ surgery nearly a year ago when he was still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. He has been going through drills and full practices more recently.

“It’s really tested me as a person, as a man, as an athlete. I’ve had a lot of dark days, a lot of good days,” he told reporters. “I’ve questioned myself a lot but I’ve found a way to overcome all those bad feelings so I see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Cousins, 28, averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games before the injury last season.