Warriors' Kevon Looney, Alen Smailagic cleared for on-court workouts


Warriors' Kevon Looney, Alen Smailagic cleared for on-court workouts

MEMPHIS -- After injuries ravaged the Warriors' roster during the first month of the season, the team got a bit of good news Tuesday. 

Big men Kevon Looney and Alen Smailagic have been cleared for accelerated on-court workouts, while guard Jacob Evans will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

As the Warriors continue their four-game road trip, Looney and Smailagic are expected to participate in practices with the Warriors' G League team in Santa Cruz.

While nothing is set in stone, Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn't rule Looney out of next Monday's game against Oklahoma City.

The injuries updates come as the Warriors are in peril. In the last month,  Stephen Curry broke his hand, sidelining him until at least February, while two-way guard Damion Jones fractured his hand last week. In Tuesday's injury report, seven Warriors were listed as 'out,' including guard Klay Thompson. 

Looney, who was dealing with a neuropathic issue in his hamstring, carries the most importance. In the past two seasons, the multifaceted defender helped Golden State reach the NBA Finals. In his absence, the Warriors are giving up more than 120 points per game.

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Meanwhile, Evans was showing signs of progress following a tough rookie season, shooting 50 percent from the 3-point range before a left adductor sidelined him on Oct. 28. 

As for Smailagic, the rookie was expected to contribute right away with the Warriors undermanned frontline before spraining his ankle in a training camp scrimmage. In the last week, Kerr said the 19-year old told his coach he dunked during practice, showing his recent progress.

Steve Kerr finds unique way to compare Steph Curry to Michael Jordan

Steve Kerr finds unique way to compare Steph Curry to Michael Jordan

Three championships. Two NBA MVP awards. But what is Steph Curry's defining moment? Warriors coach Steve Kerr only needed three words to answer that question. 

"All of them," Kerr said Friday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show.

Kerr played four seasons on the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan, the greatest player of all time. He has coached Curry for six seasons in the Bay Area. The former player turned coach knows firsthand what greatness is all about.

He also found a way to compare Curry and Jordan's greatness.

"It's a little bit like -- people ask me, 'What was it like to play with Michael Jordan?' Well, every night was a show," Kerr said. "That was the biggest thing with Michael. Every single night you just were in awe of what you were watching. And because of that, I never really thought of one moment with Michael Jordan. That's kind of how I feel with Steph.

"He's had so many big games for us, so many big shots, but there's not really one that stands out."

Greatness isn't about one single moment. It's about a never-ending list. That's exactly what Curry's had, just like Jordan. From becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history to reaching five straight NBA Finals while changing basketball, Curry's run has been about moments, plural, without us even realizing it at times.

"The fact that he's doing things that have never been done before, he's playing in a manner that has never been done before," Kerr said. "That speaks to how good he is -- not one game or one moment."

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Nine players Warriors acquired since 2010 who never played for team

Nine players Warriors acquired since 2010 who never played for team

Last week, I broke down the best trades the Warriors have made over the last two decades, so now let's focus on Warriors transactions that you might have already forgotten about from just the last 10 years. 

Whether via trade or free agency, the Warriors have acquired, or re-acquired, players that did not suit up for a regular season or playoff game for them. 

Some of these players were big-name former stars, that might have intrigued Warriors fans. Many of them might have slipped your memory, so let's remind you.


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