Warriors’ big man Kevon Looney is reportedly at ‘100 percent,’ per his agent, Todd Ramasar.
The Golden State Warriors dealt with a heap of injuries throughout the 2019-20 season, but while the attention was mostly placed on guys like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry missing time, the loss of Kevon Looney proved to be significant as well.
Looney was rewarded with a three-year, $15 million contract extension in the offseason after developing into a quality role player for the Warriors.
The 30th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Looney fell all the way to the back of the first round due to injury concerns coming out of college. And those injury concerns followed him into the pros.
Looney would undergo surgery on his right hip in August of 2015 and follow that up with surgery on his left hip the following April. In total, he played just five games in his rookie season.
And it wouldn’t really be until the 2017-18 season that he would find himself in a regular role in the rotation. Looney would play a key role on the 2018-19 team starting 24 games and endearing himself to fans for his toughness down the stretch in the postseason.
For that reason, signing him this past offseason was one of the team’s most celebrated moves. Unfortunately, the first year of his new contract didn’t exactly go according to plan.
Kevon Looney struggled to stay on the court with the Warriors this past season.
Looney once again ran into injury trouble playing just 20 games — most of which were not at full health as a result of various ailments. First, it was a hamstring then an abdominal strain as Looney couldn’t seem to stay on the court.
Eventually, the Warriors’ big man opted to undergo surgery to repair a core muscle injury back on May 19th. And while the road to recovery isn’t over, he seems to be doing much better.
In fact, his agent, Todd Ramasar, told Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group that Looney is feeling “100 percent” recovered following his surgery.
“It’s one of those things where, because of this long runway that we have of an offseason for at least the Warriors and Kevon, there’s no need to push it. Is he going all out? I wouldn’t say so. He’s probably (going) 80 percent. It is not because he can’t go all out, there’s just no need to right now.”
Ramasar brings up a very valid point. There’s absolutely no reason to rush Looney back given the uncertainty surrounding the future of the NBA.
No one knows when and in what fashion the 2020-21 NBA season will be held. What seems certain though is that it’s still a ways away. And if anything, that’s good news for a recovering Kevon Looney.
Looney’s body needs all the rest that it could get and it would be best for him to slowly ease himself back into playing condition so that he’s ready by the time next season comes around.
And by the looks of things, he appears to be on the right track.