Kevon Looney to miss Warriors' preseason opener with hamstring strain

Kevon Looney to miss Warriors' preseason opener with hamstring strain

When the Warriors take the floor for the first game at Chase Center on Saturday night, Kevon Looney will not be in uniform.

The center won't play against the Los Angeles Lakers because of a hamstring strain, coach Steve Kerr told reporters Thursday after practice.

Looney -- who spent a good portion of the offseason rehabbing the costal cartilage fracture he sustained during the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors -- tweaked his hamstring during practice Wednesday.

With center Willie Cauley-Stein sidelined for training camp because of a left foot strain, it appears Omari Spellman will start on Saturday.

Golden State acquired the big man from Atlanta in mid-July in the trade that sent Damian Jones to the Atlanta Hawks.

Spellman appeared in 46 games as a rookie last season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while making 34.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.

[RELATEDWhy young Warriors big man Spellman intrigues Kerr so much]

Additionally, second-round pick Alen Smailagic is undergoing an MRI on Thursday afternoon after rolling his ankle during Wednesday's practice.

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How to watch "Race and Sports in America: Conversations" online, on TV

How to watch "Race and Sports in America: Conversations" online, on TV

There's a movement taking place in this country right now.

The voices of Black athletes are being heard loud and clear. They want change, and they want it now.

Athletes like Warriors superstar Steph Curry are using their platforms to push for racial and social equality. But it all starts with tough conversations. The message needs to be heard.

On Monday, Curry will take part in a wide-range discussion on an NBC Sports' special, "Race and Sports in America: Conversations."

In addition to Curry, the conversation will feature Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, World Series champion and Oakland native Jimmy Rollins, Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, former tennis star James Blake and golfer Troy Mullins.

“We have to continue to double down and keep people accountable in all walks of life, all industries, all forms of leadership, the judicial system," Curry said. "And hopefully for my kids’ generation, their kids, we will see change.”

Here's how to watch "Race in America and Sports: Conversations."

When: Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: NBCSports.com

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Warriors' Steve Kerr shares nickname for proposed second NBA 'bubble'

Warriors' Steve Kerr shares nickname for proposed second NBA 'bubble'

The Warriors might end up going to Chicago in September, as the NBA is exploring a second "bubble" for the eight teams who are not a part of the resumed season in Orlando.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr has a nickname for the proposed event.

"I call it the 'JV Bubble,' " Kerr said on the most recent episode of his "Flying Coach" podcast.

You probably are aware that "JV" is short for "junior varsity."

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So what are the Warriors doing in the meantime?

"Right now we have our young players coming in -- working out individually," Kerr explained. "One player, one coach at our facility in San Francisco.

"No team activities are allowed at this point."

[RELATED: Kerr shares Warriors' mindset on playing in Chicago 'bubble']

If the Warriors end up participating in the "JV Bubble," it's all but certain that players like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins will not attend.

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