DeMarcus Cousins will make his season debut for the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, marking his first game since last January when he suffered a torn Achilles as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The 28-year old All-Star recently sat down for an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols ahead of his much-anticipated return, and he says he is “coming back for that top spot.”

As part of the Q&A, Boogie spoke about why he feels he's better than ever, the advice he has received during his rehab, and his belief that the Warriors a "the most hated team in sports."

Per ESPN:

There was a feeling at the start of this season that the Warriors were gonna be a title favorite regardless, that you needed them more than they needed you. But then the season has gone along and do you think it’s shifted a little? That they might need you at least a little more now, too?

Cousins: “I don’t really pay attention to storylines. 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.”

You think you’re the most hated team in sports?

Cousins: “Cousins: Can you name another?”

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Per ESPN:

I would say there’s a lot of people in this country who love to hate the Yankees or the Cowboys.

Cousins: “Well, put us up there. (laughs) I would say the Warriors are for sure. You know they hate Kevin [Durant]. They hate me. I think the only guy they really like is Steph [Curry]. Actually, they may hate him as well. They hate Draymond [Green]. But I mean, it is what it is. I can’t worry about that.”

The bottom line is you are getting back on the basketball court. When people hear, “Boogie’s back,” what should they know?

Cousins: “I’m back, and I’m not looking back. I’m moving forward. I’m leaving it on the floor every night. And I plan on coming back for that top spot.”

 

In 48 games last season he averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game, while earning All-Star honors for the fourth straight season. The Warriors, 31-14, are currently sitting atop the Western Conference having won eight of their last 10 games.