A torn left Achilles will prevent DeMarcus Cousins from appearing in the NBA All-Star Game this weekend, but his historic performance earlier this season will get him a display in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Cousins, who underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon on Jan. 31, sent a rehab video to his Twitter followers Monday night, showing him doing some light weights with the hashtag “#0DOUBT.”
An hour later, the Naismith Twitter account @hoophall announced it would be displaying Cousins’ jersey from the night he became only the 10th player in NBA history to post a triple double of at least 40 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists, which he did with a 44, 24 and 10 performance against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 22.
“We want to thank the @PelicansNBA and @boogiecousins for allowing us to display his jersey in which he finished with 44 PTS, 24 REB and 10 AST. He became the 10th player to ever do so in NBA History,” the hall tweeted Monday.
The most recent previous player to achieve the milestone was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972. NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain accomplished the feat six of the 10 times.
Cousins, a former University of Kentucky standout, ruptured his Achilles in the closing moments of the Pelicans’ game against the Houston Rockets on Jan. 26.
He was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 36.2 minutes in 48 games this season and was voted a starter for the All-Star Game by NBA fans.