One of the biggest problems for the Golden State Warriors entering the 2020-2021 season is health. As the team's training camp began earlier this week, the Warriors seemed to have bumped into another hurdle as it's been reported that their lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft James Wiseman tested positive of COVID-19 and is without an official timetable, alongside Draymond Green.
But, amid all these injury concerns, head coach Steve Kerr is controlling what he can and is looking optimistic with the available big men he has.
“We’re fine at the five,” Kerr said (via mercurynews.com). “We’ve got two very capable players. And then once those guys are back we’ll have a lot of options.”
One of those two players Kerr mentioned is 24-year old Kevon Looney who was key in the Warriors' last two playoff runs. The UCLA alum had to sit out majority of his fifth season in the league due to various injuries and health measures. After undergoing surgery and rehabilitation over the past few months, Looney is now faced with a unique opportunity to start for Golden State when the season tips off in a few weeks.
“He’s feeling excellent, so that’s a huge sign for us, to have somebody who we know we can count on in a big situation.” Kerr said. “Loon is a really great example of organizational development and personal strength, strength of character, given what he’s had to overcome to get to this point.”
The Warriors were already short-handed before training camp even started with Klay Thompson being ruled out for a second straight season. Now that Wiseman and Green are out, Golden State is hoping that everyone available would be in top-top shape – especially Looney who claims to be ready to go.
“I feel great. It’s the best I’ve felt in a long time.” Looney said.