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?
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.
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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.
"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."