Warriors

Looney 'feeling better each day' in ankle sprain rehab

Warriors

Kevon Looney is no stranger to injuries.

Throughout his six-year career, he's had 10 total injuries, including some to his chest, left hip, knee, pelvic, collar bone and abdominal. 

But not once had he injured his ankle. Well, until 10 days ago. Looney sprained his left ankle against the Boston Celtics after rolling it mid-game.

"I always joked that I never hurt my ankle, so I guess karma caught up with me," Looney joked in a Zoom call with reporters Friday afternoon, his first time speaking since his injury. 

Because Looney has never experienced or had to come back from an ankle injury, he can't say whether or not he feels like he's ready to return, or will be when he gets re-examined. He's just following doctors' orders.

The main focus of Looney's rehab process -- and the toughest part -- has been rebuilding the stretch and mobility in his ankle.

Looney's original timetable said he would be out for at least two weeks, when he would then be re-evaluated. Looney is still on that track, meaning his ankle will be looked at again next week. 

"I think I'm healing pretty good," Looney said. "I'm feeling better each day. So hopefully when they re-evaluate me in a week, I'll be close to ready." 

Looney is not the only Warriors center to be sidelined right now. Marquese Chriss indefinitely due to a fractured ankle and James Wiseman will miss at least another week with a wrist sprain.

 

While they've been out, Draymond Green, Eric Paschall and Juan Toscano-Anderson have led the charge as the big men in a small-ball lineup. This lineup has allowed the Warriors to push the pace and play a more up-tempo game.

It's been fun to watch the Warriors run up and down the court. But one thing Looney is excited to provide that the Warriors have been lacking the last few weeks is long, vertical defense. 

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But instead of writing this current play off as what happens just when the Warriors go small, Looney has taken his time watching this from the bench as an opportunity to see how he can help the team play faster when he returns. 

"Been watching some of the things Juan and some of the guys that are playing the center position do to provide spacing and pace and set screens and the opportunities they're opening up for Steph (Curry) and other guys," Looney said. "I've been watching for things I can add to my game so I can make a better impact on the offensive end when I get back."

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