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Kevon Looney underwent core muscle surgery on Tuesday

The forward is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.

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The Golden State Warriors announced that forward/center Kevon Looney underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle.

The team shared the news on social media via this tweet:

Here’s the full release:

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney, who has appeared in 20 of the team’s 65 games during the 2019-20 regular season, underwent successful surgery yesterday at Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, it was announced today. The surgery, performed by Dr. William Meyers, repaired a core muscle injury. Looney will begin rehabilitation immediately and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.

In 20 games this season, Looney averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game. He missed a total of 45 games during the campaign due to a combination of neuropathy and abdominal soreness.

As the release states, Looney struggled with injuries all year, including an offseason injury that led to him missing most of training camp and much of the beginning of the season.

After playing in 80 games (including 24 starts) during the 2018-19 season, and signing a three-year, $15 million deal in the offseason, Looney played in just 20 games (4 starts), and a total of just 262 minutes this year.

It’s unclear if there will be a resumption to the 2019-20 season, and, if there is, if the Warriors will be included in it. But whether we see another Warriors game this year or not, Looney’s season is done.

Hopefully he can get fully healthy prior to the start of next season. Neuropathy issues are always scary, but Looney is still just 24 years old. He’s got a lot of good basketball ahead of him, if he can stay healthy.

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