Alec Burks, Kevon Looney haven’t been cleared to practice yet
The Golden State Warriors are currently dealing with injuries to Alec Burks and Kevon Looney that have kept them sidelined. Neither player has yet been cleared to participate in practice, according to Wes Goldberg of The San Jose Mercury News East/East Bay Times.
Steve Kerr says Alec Burks and Kevon Looney haven't yet been cleared to practice.
— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) October 12, 2019
Looney is currently dealing with a hamstring strain which he suffered nearly two weeks ago. It has caused some legitimate depth concerns for the Warriors given that Willie Cauley-Stein will remain sidelined for the whole month of October due to a foot sprain.
The injuries at the center position have forced the Warriors to rely on Marquese Chriss and Omari Spellman. The extra opportunity Chriss has received allowed him to show flashes of potential to the Warriors. Draymond Green recently stated that Chriss is ‘turning a corner’ in his development, per The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II.
“I think he’s been great all training camp,” Draymond Green said. “He’s been on a couple teams, and everybody has kind of written him off. But he’s been amazing in camp, and to me it looked like he’s figuring it out and he’s turning a corner.”
It remains to be seen if Looney’s status will be in jeopardy for the Warriors’ regular-season opener on Oct. 24 against the L.A. Clippers. If that ends up being a concern, the Warriors will need Chriss to continue making a positive impact beyond just practices and preseason action.
The situation that Burks is facing is that his playing time may end up being in jeopardy if he isn’t able to get healthy and prove himself. The Warriors have been able to receive strong play from rookie Jordan Poole and if that continues, he could solidify himself as D’Angelo Russell’s backup.