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Warriors center Kevon Looney reveals recovery time from chest injury

Warriors center Kevon Looney reveals recovery time from chest injury

Now that the season officially is over, Kevon Looney finally can begin to fully heal.

So just how long will it take for the Warriors' big man to get back to full strength?

Looney revealed that information to Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Thursday night after the team's season-ending loss to the Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic has the details:

Looney’s family gathered around Kerr. They wanted a picture.

“It was such a pleasure coaching you this season,” Kerr told Looney. “What’d they tell you about the summer?”

“Six to eight weeks,” Looney said.

That’s his full recovery time for the costal fracture he’s been playing through.

Looney sustained the non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture on the right side of his chest during Game 2 of the Finals.

Prior to Game 3, Kerr announced that Looney would not play again this season. But after getting a second opinion, the 23-year-old returned for the remainder of the series.

In his first start of these playoffs, in Game 6, Looney registered six points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

[REWINDLooney reacts to Kerr calling him 'foundational piece']

The No. 30 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft is about to become an unrestricted free agent, and Kerr recently called him a "foundational piece."

The coach and front office love Looney, and will make it a priority to retain him.

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Ex-Warrior Omri Casspi tells incredible story of Steve Kerr's empathy

Ex-Warrior Omri Casspi tells incredible story of Steve Kerr's empathy

Former Warriors forward Omri Casspi recently had Golden State coach Steve Kerr on his podcast.

And the Israeli native started the episode by sharing an amazing story that highlights Kerr's empathy and compassion.

In December 2017, Casspi received an email from a family friend who delivered the tragic news that her son was diagnosed with a very advanced form of cancer.

"He loved the Warriors," Casspi said. "They were taking a trip to (the Bay Area) to see us play in some games. The kid is such a big fan of you, the team, Steph (Curry) and the rest of the guys. And people gotta understand that practice facilities in the NBA are like some sort of a temple.

"I don't remember any team that I played for allowing anyone into the practice facility during the season. I told you the story about the situation and you allowed them to come into practice.

"We had a balcony usually where the guests are staying during practice. I'll never forget it -- you went up there and insisted that the kid and his mom come down and watch practice from the court. One of the most famous teams of all time -- and a kid with cancer is able to experience that firsthand."

But it gets even better.

"I remember I was going through my daily routine shooting some shots after practice and I saw you talking to the mom," Casspi explained. "I said give me 20-30 minutes -- I'll shower, stretch, get my ice, etc -- I'll come back and take them to lunch. I came back 30-40 minutes after and I see you still there talking to the mom -- both of you with tears in your eyes. I'll never forget that picture.

"The next day, you upgraded their tickets, you took them backstage, you got them into the VIP lounge. Klay (Thompson) came over and gave them signed shoes. I remember the son literally with tears in his eyes."

Unfortunately, the story has a very sad ending.

"They flew back to Israel a couple days later (and) a couple of weeks after, the kid passed away," Casspi said. "I don't remember if I ever told you thank you. It's one of the most amazing things a human being can do. Thank you."

Kerr then offered his perspective.

"I've always felt that the most important thing that we can do as NBA players and coaches is bring joy to people," he said. "To our fans, but more importantly to people who are struggling ... moments like that always are very grounding, they're very humbling and very emotional.

"They're very important for all of us. I'm glad that visit made such an impact."

Kerr truly is an incredible person.

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Warriors' five most underrated moves in Joe Lacob-Peter Guber era

Warriors' five most underrated moves in Joe Lacob-Peter Guber era

It has been exactly 10 years since Joe Lacob and Peter Guber agreed to buy the Warriors for $450 million.

Over the last decade, the franchise has won three NBA titles, relocated to San Francisco and become a global brand valued at $4.3 billion.

Lacob and Guber have made countless decisions as Golden State's owners, so let's highlight five of their most underrated/overlooked moves (in chronological order) that might not immediately come to mind.

Hiring Bob Myers

Myers joined the franchise in April 2011 as assistant general manager. The Bay Area native -- who was an agent before choosing a new career path -- was promoted to general manager one year later.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017. And as Draymond Green said at the Warriors' championship parade in 2017: "Can somebody give Bob some f--king credit?! ... Bob is definitely the best GM in the league and he just sit back; don't want no credit."

Hiring Jerry West

The NBA's logo became an Executive Board member with Golden State in May 2011. West arguably is the greatest executive in NBA history, and immediately gave the franchise some much-needed credibility.

He was a big believer in Klay Thompson, and spoke on the phone with Kevin Durant before KD signed with the Dubs in July 2016.

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Purchasing the Dakota Wizards

The Warriors became the fourth NBA team to own and operate a D-League (now G League) affiliate when they purchased the Dakota Wizards in June 2011.

The franchise relocated to Northern California prior to the start of the 2012-13 season and became the Santa Cruz Warriors. Golden State effectively has used Santa Cruz to develop young players, and don't forget about the assignments for Steph Curry and DeMarcus Cousins.

Hiring Rick Welts

Welts came on board in late September 2011 as the Warriors' president and chief operating officer. The man who created the concept of "NBA All-Star weekend" was integral in making Chase Center a reality, and was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.

"Peter Guber and I have made it quite clear since we assumed control of this team in November that we're looking to build a world-class organization from top to bottom," Lacob said nearly nine years ago. "We feel that we've taken a quantum leap in that direction today with the addition of Rick Welts as our president and COO."

[RELATED: Dubs' Welts shares funny story of being mistaken for Lacob]

Trading Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis was beloved (and still is) by Dub Nation, and Warriors fans were very upset when the front office shipped him to the Milwaukee Bucks in March 2012.

But acquiring Andrew Bogut was an important step to building a championship roster, and the move opened the door for the Splash Brothers to come to life.

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