If there is a continuation of the 2019-20 season — and if the Warriors are involved — Kevon Looney will not be there.
The Golden State forward had surgery Tuesday on a core muscle injury, the team announced, adding he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.
It’s the end of a nightmare season for first Looney, and then the Warriors and then the NBA. The big man who emerged the previous season, getting re-signed in the offseason and entering as a starter, missed 45 of the 65 games prior to the coronavirus pause.
He averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game, so much of his time devoted to rehab for what the team termed as “a combination of neuropathy and abdominal soreness.”
The NBA is trying to re-start the league, although Golden State was far from the playoff picture and would probably just want to prepare for a hopeful 2020-21 season — for which it hopes Looney will be ready.