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Warriors F Looney provides rehab update: 'Changed my body a lot'

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Warriors F Looney provides rehab update: 'Changed my body a lot'

Kevon Looney is not participating in the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

He underwent surgery on his left hip on April 22, and is currently rehabbing.

Will he be full steam ahead when training camp opens in late September.

"That's the goal," Looney told Bob Fitzgerald of KNBR 680 on Tuesday. "I've been working hard ... I'm feeling better. I can already tell the difference. I think I'm almost ahead of schedule, but if everything goes right, hopefully I'll be back for camp."

The Warriors selected Looney with the 30th overall pick last June.

About two months later, he underwent surgery on his right hip.

The UCLA product made his first professional appearance on Jan. 12 for the D-League Warriors.

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"I changed my body a lot," Looney said. "Last year, when I played Summer League, I was probably about 215 (pounds). Right now, I'm walking around 240-235 easily. I've been dedicated to the weight room ... just trying to get stronger, and started eating right and get healthy, and having my body in shape for next year."

In 12 games for Santa Cruz, Looney averaged 9.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in about 19 minutes per night, while shooting just under 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from deep.

Over his last seven contests, however, he shot over 47 percent overall, and 35 percent (7-for-20) from distance.

"I haven't been the most explosive guy, or the fastest guy, so I've relied on me being crafty and being able to make shots," Looney explained. "Especially on this team, you need spacing and I watched guys like Mo Speights where he comes in and knocked shots down and that was his role ... being a shooter, being able to make shots and rebound is a big way to get on the court."

Looney is listed at 6'9", but he has a 7'3.5" wingspan.

"I think I'm the prototypical Warriors player," Looney declared. "Real versatile. I can play the 4, the 3, sometimes when we going small I can play the 5 ... I feel comfortable playing a lot of positions. I know one thing that I'm really great at is rebounding. That's something I always focused on. I think that can get me on the court as quick as possible."

Looney averaged just 1.4 assists per game as a freshman in college, but he also believes he can make those around him better.

He appeared in five games for Golden State last season.

"I haven't always been big, or not as big as I am. I came into high school, I was about 6'4", 150 (pounds) so that made me be a guard. So I brought the ball up the court, I was put into position to make plays for other people," he noted. "And that's something I always continued to work on. And coming into this system where I like to model myself after Draymond -- who is one of the best passers in the league at his position -- so I'll just keep watching him ... I'm real excited for next year."

 

Steph Curry out at least 10 more days for Warriors with groin injury

Steph Curry out at least 10 more days for Warriors with groin injury

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Steph Curry is Houston bound.

The two-time NBA MVP is traveling with the Warriors to Texas for the three-game road trip, but he will not play in any of the contests, the team announced Wednesday.

The Warriors will face the Rockets on Thursday, the Mavericks on Saturday and the Spurs on Sunday.

Curry will be re-evaluated in 10 days, which means he's scheduled to also miss next week's games against the Thunder (Wednesday) and the Trail Blazers (Friday). Golden State will host the Kings next Saturday, which is 10 days from now.

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The three-time NBA champion has missed the Warriors' last three games -- wins over the Nets and Hawks, and a loss to the Clippers. He is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds this season, while shooting 51.5 percent from the field and over 49 percent from 3-point range.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Positives, negatives from Warriors' back-to-back vs. Clippers, Hawks

Positives, negatives from Warriors' back-to-back vs. Clippers, Hawks

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday completed the third of 12 back-to-back sets that they will have this season, and this one might have a lasting impact.

There are few moments to remember and many to regret, most notably the blow-up between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on Monday night.

Here are two positives and two negatives culled from splitting the two games, a loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles and a win over the Hawks in Oakland:

POSITIVES

The bench didn’t waver

With Stephen Curry missing both games and Green missing the second while on suspension, the Warriors needed a boost from their reserves. They generally got what they wanted.

The bench scored 39 points on 68.2 percent shooting against the Clippers. It was the starters' 77 points on 40.3 percent shooting that failed the test.

Against the Hawks, the bench didn’t shoot as well, perhaps because two reserves -- Quinn Cook and Jonas Jerebko -- were in the starting lineup. Cook and Jerebko combined for 32 points (46.4 percent), 17 rebounds and eight assists.

If Cook and Jerebko keep making shots and stretching the floor, the Warriors will benefit.

Iguodala’s shot looks niiice

If there is a sense the Oracle Arena crowd holds its collective breath every time Andre Iguodala hoists a 3-pointer, it’s because it does.

When he misses, and sometimes badly, there is a groan.

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When they go in, there is plenty of extra hearty in the cheer.

These days, they’ve been going in. Iguodala, the team’s multi-skilled Sixth Man, scored 22 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep, over the last two games.

Since missing his first eight shots from beyond the arc, Iguodala is 8 of 14. That’s 57.1 percent. He won’t maintain that pace -- nobody does -- but that scoring boost is particularly timely with Curry out.

NEGATIVES

The Green-Durant quarrel

The Warriors can’t hide this one. They can’t deny it. Durant and Green squabbled in plain sight Monday night, with teammates trying to soothe each of them.

With the score tied and about five seconds remaining in regulation, Green yanked down a rebound. Durant was a few feet away pleading for the ball. Green ignored him and went dribbling up the court. He committed a turnover, the Warriors did not get off a shot, and the game went into overtime, with Durant fouling out and Golden State fading over the final minutes.

That led to the dispute on the bench that carried over into the locker room. It also prompted the Warriors to suspend Green for conduct detrimental to the team.

This might be the biggest tiff yet involving Green, a firebrand that injects energy and enthusiasm but in this instance might have become too abrasive for the general good.

Will it have any lasting effect? If comments made by players and coaches are any indication, it possibly will.

Young bigs struggling on the glass

The Warriors determined this was the year they’d go away from a veteran center rotation and turn things over to the three youngsters: Jordan Bell, Damian Jones and Kevon Looney. Results have been mixed.

One element that has been fairly consistently disappointing is rebounding. Bell played just 13 minutes over the last two games and grabbed three. Looney played 45 minutes and grabbed seven. He has been the best rebounder of the group.

Jones has started every game. In 32 minutes over last two games, he had six rebounds. His season high is six. He has had eight games with three or fewer boards.

The Warriors need them to be better.