After Lost Season, Kevon Looney Could Be Warriors’ Next Dual-Threat Star

November 9th, 2016 by Erik Malinowski Leave a reply »

OAKLAND, Calif. — For a first-round pick hoping to make his mark in the NBA, Kevon Looney had to adjust to a new way of life.

But not in the way he was expecting.

The gifted 6'9" forward left UCLA after his freshman season, and the then-19-year-old Milwaukee native was rewarded when Golden State scooped him up with the No. 30 pick in 2015's draft.

A couple of months later, Looney had to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right hip to fix a torn labrum. Recovery time? Four to six months.

He recovered by the winter, enough to play a dozen games with the Warriors’ NBA D-League team and then sparingly in five games for Golden State sprinkled throughout January and February.

Then Looney felt inflammation in his other hip, a soreness that should not be there. In April, as the Warriors were just kicking off their title defense in earnest, the rookie had the same surgery. Another torn labrum. Another four to six months of recovery. He had played all of 21 NBA minutes before his rookie season was shut down.

Now, all those months of sitting on the ...

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