Steve Kerr says Kevon Looney could return to Warriors as early as Monday vs. Thunder
Golden State Warriors big man Kevon Looney is progressing with a nerve condition, which has sidelined him for all but one game during the 2019-20 season.
Head coach Steve Kerr, however, said Looney could be back as early as Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Steve Kerr said he “wouldn’t rule out” Kevon Looney returning to the Warriors lineup as soon as Monday, the start of their next homestand, vs the Thunder. Depends on how next few days, weekend practice go.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 19, 2019
The 23-year-old was cleared for “on-court basketball activities” on Tuesday and will practice this week with G League affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors.
Warriors say Kevon Looney (nerve condition) has been cleared for ‘on-court basketball activities.’ He will practice with Santa Cruz this week and will rejoin the Warriors this weekend. Alen Smailagic (ankle) will practice with Santa Cruz and will be re-evaluated in a week.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) November 19, 2019
The 6-foot-9 Looney, a first-round selection by the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Draft, only appeared in 10 minutes for Golden State in their season-opening matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, where he scored three points and collected nine rebounds.
Since then, the fifth-year big man — who re-signed with the Pacific Division franchise to the tune of a three-year, $15 million deal this past summer — has been absent from the down-on-their-luck Warriors.
Golden State has a whole slew of injured players like Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, D’Angelo Russell and, of course, Klay Thompson (who is likely gone for the entire season). They are all key contributors who would otherwise be raising the ceiling for Golden State.
With Looney dealing with a nerve issue, there seems to be no rush to bring him back. The Warriors have a promising young big man in power forward Eric Paschall, a rookie drafted by the Bay Area franchise in the second round.
Paschall has scored 30 or more points twice already this season and appears to be a silver lining in an injury-plagued season for Golden State.