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Remember when Warriors big man Kevon Looney sustained a costal cartilage fracture in the first quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors?

Remember when he missed Game 3 and was ruled out for the remainder of the season, but shocked everybody by returning for Games 4 through 6?

He's a tough dude.

The 23-year-old recently caught up with Anthony Slater of The Athletic, and provided the details on his recovery this summer:

The first month of rehab, yeah, I couldn’t do much at all. Just let it rest. Let it heal. That was kind of boring. After that, it kind of picked up.

But it took longer than I thought it would. I actually didn’t get cleared to play 5-on-5 until a couple weeks ago. But I was able to do some drills, get shots up, try to stay in a rhythm.

But it’s an injury where I have to keep everything around it right because everything is connected. It’s kind of tedious, a lot of boring rehab work.

Translation -- the injury is not a thing of the past, and he needs to be very diligent to keep his body operating at peak levels.

The Warriors were able to re-sign Looney in free agency, and are counting on him to have an expanded role this season. 

They need him to be available night in and night out.

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"I’m healthy. But it’s a lot of maintenance work," Looney explained. "It’s kind of like my last injury (two hip surgeries). You have a major injury and even once the injury is over, you still got to keep doing the small rehab stuff.

"Man, I’m used to just going out there, doing a couple stretches and let’s just play. But now I really have to focus on this injury to make sure everything is moving right."

 

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