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Warriors' Kevon Looney shares details of ongoing rehab from chest injury

Warriors' Kevon Looney shares details of ongoing rehab from chest injury

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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Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Steph Curry jokes about why ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala finished big dunk

Andre Iguodala had a very ...

... Andre-Iguodala-like performance in the Miami Heat's 112-106 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

The former Warriors forward registered six points (2-for-6 FG), eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

With fewer than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, he turned back the clock a little bit.

Steph Curry shared the highlight in an Instagram story, and included the perfect caption.

Curry -- the only unanimous MVP in NBA history -- and Iguodala -- the 2015 NBA Finals MVP -- are avid golfers, and even played a round together at Augusta National Golf Club (the site of the Masters) in February 2016.

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Iguodala became a golf fanatic shortly after he joined the Warriors in July 2013.

"I gotta give all the credit to (former Golden State assistant coach) Pete Myers," Iguodala said in March 2018. "Once I got here, I really wanted to learn how to play ... Pete Myers taught me how to hit a draw.

"And we would just go to the range and hit balls ... he kinda got me hooked and that was all she wrote."

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And one year later, he made one thing crystal clear.

Those were good times.

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Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

Steve Kerr defends Warriors' Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a damn good player'

When the Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins at the NBA trade deadline in February, it was not a decision that universally was applauded. 

There still are people who disagree with Golden State's decision to acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft. But even those who are skeptical about Wiggins' future would admit that he played well in a Dubs uniform this season.

"I wasn't surprised at all about what we saw because I've coached against him," Steve Kerr said Wednesday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast." "The biggest thing for us was all about what you need today to win games. The game has changed so much and it's so hard to guard ... you gotta have size and versatility on the wings.

"Multiple-positional defenders who can guard their position, but also guard two or three other positions. Andrew has the size and athleticism to do exactly that. He was an excellent defender for us, and played really well offensively.

"He may not be an MVP candidate, but he's a damn good player. He fits right in with what we're trying to do."

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 12 games with Golden State, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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Additionally, his 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game both would be career highs over a full season.

With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as teammates, Wiggins won't feel consistent heat to deliver big scoring outputs. Will there be times when the Warriors need him to step up and take over offensively? Yes.

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But overall, he's going to have the luxury of being able to take on a more comfortable role that suits his game.

"He just wants to play basketball and have fun, and have no pressure on him," former Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway said in June. "This is the team to be on to do that, and he's going to excel.

"He's going to be all right."

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