Warriors' Kevon Looney gives up meat and gluten to combat neuropathy

Warriors' Kevon Looney gives up meat and gluten to combat neuropathy

In the summer of 2017, things clicked for Kevon Looney.

"I had to change my diet," the Warriors' big man revealed in March 2018. "Andre (Iguodala) was in my ear for two years about it. I finally listened to him and it paid off."

After registering career highs in nearly every statistical category last season, Looney was rewarded by the Warriors with a three-year contract worth $15 million.

Unfortunately, his 2019-20 campaign was derailed early in training camp because of a hamstring issue caused by a neuropathic condition he's been dealing with for a couple of years.

It turns out that another dietary change just might save Looney's career again.

As Ryan Gorcey of The Mercury News writes:

After he visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., last month, Looney ironed out a recovery plan. He went gluten-free and became a pescatarian (meat-free diets have been shown to help in many neuropathy cases). Kevin (Looney's father) served as Kevon’s personal chef, regularly cooking blackened catfish and baked salmon with vegetables and a side of potatoes.

Hopefully this makes the world of a difference for the 23-year-old.

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Since returning on Dec. 2, Looney is averaging just 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10.1 minutes. He doesn't yet look like the guy Warriors head coach Steve Kerr repeatedly called a "foundational piece" during last year's playoffs.

Perhaps things start to turn around for Looney on Friday night in Utah, as he is starting against the Jazz with Draymond Green and Eric Paschall both sidelined.

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Warriors' Willie-Cauley Stein knew Chiefs would make Super Bowl LIV

Warriors' Willie-Cauley Stein knew Chiefs would make Super Bowl LIV

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Willie Cauley-Stein was in a confident mood Monday afternoon. 

Fewer than 24 hours after his Kansas City Chiefs clinched their third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, setting up a date with the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Feb. 2, Cauley-Stein said he never doubted the Chiefs' path out of the AFC.

"I already knew they were going," Cauley-Stein told NBC Sports Bay Area. "As soon as the [New England] Patriots were out we were good. We were great." 

Cauley-Stein's fandom can be traced to his childhood. A native of Spearville, Kansas -- more than 300 miles away from Arrowhead Stadium -- he loved the Chiefs from an early age. But it would be his scholastic struggles that brought him closer to the franchise.

As a prep prospect in Spearville, his grades dwindled, putting a potential college career in peril. In an effort to improve his grades, the 7-footer was sent 300 miles to live with AAU teammate Shavon Shields, son of then-Chiefs offensive lineman Will Shields. Cauley-Stein transferred to Olathe Northwest High School in a Kansas City suburb. Cauley-Stein's grades began to improve under the elder Shields' tutelage, helping him become eligible for a scholarship to Kentucky. 

"He was really like a straightforward, smart, really intelligent dude," Cauley-Stein said. "I see how he was living and how much he was saving. I think that was the biggest thing about him. How intelligent he was about is money." 

The current iteration of Cauley-Stein's football team has become an offensive juggernaut. During a 12-4 regular season, the Chiefs ranked sixth in total offense (379.2 yards per game) and fifth in passing offense (281.2 yards). 

The biggest reason is quarterback Patrick Mahones, whom observers have compared to Cauley-Stein's current teammate Stephen Curry for their shared propensity for solo offensive displays. In a 51-31 win over the Houston Texans two weeks ago, the Chiefs erased a 24-0 deficit, out-scoring the Texans 28-3 in the second quarter. 

When broached with the cross-sport comparison between MVPs, Curry and Cauley-Stein each had a unique response.

"'Cause we're both light-skinned?" Curry jokingly asked. 

"If you want to break it down football to basketball," Cauley-Stein followed up, "they're pretty similar."

"The beauty is in the eye of the beholder," Curry added.

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The Warriors are slated to be in a Washington, D.C. hotel during the NFL's finale. Cauley-Stein believes the Chiefs can win their first Super Bowl in half a century.

"If we come in ready," he said. "The only way I feel like San Francisco can beat us is if we don't come in ready to play -- if we come in there cooling. It's going to be a good game. It's definitely going to be who has the better gameplan."

Andre Iguodala roasts ex-Warriors guard Ian Clark for assists total

Andre Iguodala roasts ex-Warriors guard Ian Clark for assists total

Former Warriors guard Ian Clark is playing in China right now.

And in his most recent game for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, he racked up 34 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds.

When he tweeted about the performance, Andre Iguodala couldn't help but troll his former teammate.

And ex-Warriors big man David West got in on the fun with a couple "laughing crying face" emojis.

Andre gets a 10 out of 10 for this joke, because as Warriors fans are well aware, Clark wasn't on the court for his passing ability. He carved out a role with the Dubs because of his ability to score off the bench.

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In 2015-16, Clark averaged 3.6 points and 1.0 assists in 8.8 minutes per game. The following year, he bumped it up to 6.8 points and 1.2 assists over 14.8 minutes per night.

Thanks for the content, Mr. 2015 NBA Finals MVP.

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