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.
August 17, 2022 | 4:09 pm EDT Update
MSG threw cold water on a report that owner James Dolan could sell off the Knicks and Rangers next year. “We have no plans to sell either of the teams,” MSG senior VP of communications and marketing Natalie Ravitz told The Post via email. CNBC had given long-suffering Knicks fans hope, thanks to longtime MSG analyst Jonathan Boyar opining that Dolan was finally close to divesting himself from both teams once the MSG Sphere was finished.
Tommy Beer: LeBron is 1,325 points behind Kareem. If LeBron maintains his scoring average of 30.0 points per game from last season and doesn’t miss a single contest, he’d pass Kareem in his 44th game (at home vs. Houston on Jan. 16). The Lakers’ 52nd game is vs. the Knicks at MSG on Jan. 31
John Karalis: According to the Celtics, they will unveil a special Bill Russell tribute 2022-23 City Edition uniform on opening night– a project that the league and team had been collaborating on with Russell himself in recent years – which they will wear a total of 12 times this season
Utah Jazz games will remain on regional sports network AT&T SportsNet for the 2022-23 season — but it could be the last season for the arrangement. AT&T SportsNet is available to subscribers of Comcast and DirecTV, but not Dish. Dish has dropped every regional sports network nationwide in recent years, telling consumers that they consider the per-subscriber fees charged by the networks to be too high.
Now, though, the team says it has opened up negotiations with other TV partners. Their goals are to make Jazz games available to fans through three different pathways: traditional TV packages, options for bundled streaming packages, and, intriguingly, pay-per-view streaming.
The Jazz hope that the flexibility there will help combat the rise of illegal streaming. The team conducted a recent focus group on the situation with 50 participants — and when they were asked if they had watched the Jazz through an illegal streaming service, nearly all of the hands in the room went up, the team said.
August 17, 2022 | 3:36 pm EDT Update
LeBron James is ineligible to be traded during the upcoming 2022-23 season because the second year of his extension exceeds a 5% raise. The Lakers could have north of $20 million in salary-cap space in the 2023 offseason and would have the ability to sign a third max contract player in the 2024 offseason. The player options increase salary-cap space if players decline them, and yet remain on new deals.