Warriors' Kevon Looney ruled out for three weeks with hip soreness


Kevon Looney will not play for at least the next three weeks.

The 24-year-old will have his left hip re-evaluated at that time, the Warriors announced Saturday.

Looney underwent surgery on his right hip in August 2015, and then had surgery on his left hip in April 2016.

The big man -- who coach Steve Kerr repeatedly called a "foundational piece" during last year's playoffs -- signed a three-year contract last summer worth about $14.5 million. The final season in 2021-22 is a $5.2 million player option.

"I feel all right. It's been a weird season for me," Looney told reporters before the Warriors' game vs. the Sacramento Kings last week. "A lot of ups and downs. I'm just happy to be back on the court. Every day is a challenge. I just want to keep getting my rhythm. I haven't gotten a chance to really play a lot of continuous basketball all season."

Is it going to take a full offseason to get back to full strength?

"Definitely. Definitely. I just want to use these last couple of months to keep getting better," Looney said. "Keep getting my confidence for the summertime ... get my body used to that NBA grind again."

Is the abdominal thing still lingering?

"It's a day-by-day thing. Pretty much over it but I gotta do a lot of maintenance work," he explained. "I don't want to have any setbacks. Each game I feel like I get better and stronger and more confident with my body. Just learning to trust it all over again."


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Unfortunately, Looney -- who has been dealing with neuropathy for several years now -- experienced a setback and has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

The Milwaukee native has appeared in just 20 games this season, averaging 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds.

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