Anthony Slater: No Kevon Looney tonight for Warriors’ summer league team. “Allergic reaction” to something yesterday.
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Connor Letourneau: Kevon Looney, who has been out since April 4 with a strained left hip, is listed as doubtful for Game 3.
Connor Letourneau: Warriors announce officially that Kevon Looney (left hip strain) is out tonight vs. the Jazz.
Paul Garcia: Warriors say Kevon Looney (sprained hip) is out tonight against the Spurs.
Less than five months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum on his left hip, Looney is on track to return for the start of training camp Sept. 27. The preseason will be his audition to crack the rotation. Minutes could be fleeting in a frontcourt that recently added Kevin Durant, David West and Zaza Pachulia to a group that returns Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Anderson Varejao and James Michael McAdoo. JaVale McGee will compete for the final roster spot, and rookie Damian Jones (torn pectoral muscle) hopes to join the fray before the regular season. “I’m really eager,” Looney said. “I’ve been watching, running and doing drills now for what feels like two years. To be able to get on the court and actually be healthy, I’m really excited for that.”
While many of his teammates rest, Looney, 20, is training twice a day five times a week. He has added 20 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-9 frame. Looney, who was cleared for contact two weeks ago, played a two-on-two game Thursday, his first since his latest surgery. With a 7-3 wingspan and ball-handling that belies his size, he has a chance to help round out the Warriors’ rotation. Another season spent largely watching from the bench, however, would bring its own benefits. “I have an opportunity to come in, learn from these guys and be on this team where we’re looking to make history,” Looney said. “I don’t think any better situation could’ve happened to me.”
And you mentioned Looney there. We haven’t heard much during the Playoffs since his second surgery. Are you hearing anything on the recovery since his second hip surgery? FORD: I haven’t yet. I know that hip surgery is a tough surgery and that obviously required a second surgery, so obviously there’s long-term issues there. The only thing that I’ve heard out of Golden State is that the surgery was successful and they’re confident that eventually he’s going to come back to full strength. But details, I don’t have any more.
Marc J. Spears: Injured Warriors rookie forward Kevon Looney (hip) won’t play in summer league, but will likely be in attendance continuing rehab for camp.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney underwent a successful left hip arthroscopy this morning to repair a torn labrum, the team announced today. The procedure was performed by renowned Steadman Clinic orthopaedic surgeon and hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon at the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Vail, Colorado. Looney will begin rehabilitation from the surgery immediately and is expected to be out a minimum of four-to-six months before returning to basketball activity. The rookie forward previously underwent surgery on August 20, 2015, to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.
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January 16, 2018 | 9:59 pm EST Update
After the Mavericks’ shootaround at Pepsi Center on Tuesday, Dennis Smith Jr. clearly laid out his thoughts on the Verizon Slam Dunk event that will be on Saturday night, Feb. 17, in Los Angeles. “That’s something I’d like to do,” the 20-year-old said. “If I’m given the opportunity, I’m definitely willing to do it. That’s the event that I watched a lot growing up, and it’s probably the most exciting event of the All-Star weekend, except the actual game.”
If the league sticks with four dunkers, that means that a lot of quality rim-benders will be left out. “I don’t know when it happens,” Smith said, adding that he has not heard anything yet about the possibility of being in the event. “But it feels like I should be given the opportunity. It’s not my decision, though.”
Allan Horton: Bjelica postgame on his altercation with Afflalo… “I was just trying to protect myself & thank god I reacted that way [moving back to avoid the punch]. He was wild, I don’t know what’s wrong with that guy but I was just trying to protect myself.”
LeBron James reclaimed his kingdom in China from Stephen Curry — arguably the most popular current NBA star in China — in terms of jersey sales, according to the latest NBA China jersey and merchandise sales for the 2017-18 season.
Kobe Bryant, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 season, finally dropped from the top ranks of jersey sales in China. Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers were No. 1 on jersey and team merchandise lists at the beginning of 2017 and fell only to No. 2 by the end of last season.
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The reigning slam dunk champion won’t be back in time to defend his crown but would like to see Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell participate in Los Angeles just like the rest of the world. “Definitely. Just based off the highlights that I’ve seen and just watching his game. I like his game,” Glenn Robinson III said. “I know a lot of people do and a lot of fans is excited and that’s the most important part. So I think that he definitely is going to be on that list to be in it.”