Cousins has targeted Golden State's game January 18 at the Clippers as his return date and first game of the season, though Kerr said it could even be sooner if all continues going well - perhaps even against his former New Orleans team at home next Wednesday.
Cousins also added that Kerr "was looking for a certain thing on the coach's side of things", but didn't reveal what that was.
"Yeah, I'll start him". We'll have to play around with the minutes, the combinations, the sets.
"It's looked to us and it's felt to him that he has broken through a barrier", Kerr said.
In the past week, Cousins has made some "big strides" in his rehab and conditioning, according to Kerr. Looney will come off the bench and back up Cousins.
"When you think about when the injury happened, he was getting ready to sign a max or near-max contract, whether it was with New Orleans or something else", the coach said. "A life-changing amount of money". Not to mention the gratification that comes with being one of the best players in the world, an All-Star right in his prime.
The All-Star big man tore his left Achilles tendon previous year while playing with the New Orleans Pelicans. All of a sudden I'm in Golden State, on the mid-level for one year, watching everyone else play basketball?' That's not easy. "He's in a better place". The four-time All-Star averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game while shooting 47.0 percent overall, 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free-throw line.