Golden State Warriors' Kevon Looney center will miss the next two games as he meets with specialists after he's experienced a neuropathic condition in his body.
According to coach Steve Kerr, the condition has nothing to do with his hamstring, which he injured over the summer and has kept him out of much of the team's training camp.
"It's not really his hamstring," Kerr said. "It's kind of a neuropathic condition that he's had for a couple years. It's something he's been able to play through, but in this particular case, the condition is affecting his hamstring. His hamstring is sound, the MRI is clean, but it makes it trickier actually that it's a neuropathic condition. That's really all I'm going to say on it because I have no idea what I'm talking about when it comes to these matters."
According to Kerr, there is no timetable for Looney's return, since it's unclear what is causing Looney's nerve issues.
"He's going to see a specialist," Kerr continued. "[We're] feeling really, really bad for him. He's such a great human being, great player, one of my favorite guys I've ever coached because he's not just low maintenance — he's zero maintenance. He just comes in and does his work, and you just want a guy like that to flourish. He should be entering the prime of his career -- and hopefully he's got many years ahead of him, but we'd love to find some answers. Hopefully sooner rather than later and get him back on the floor."
In Looney's absence, Eric Paschall, Omari Spellman and Marquese Chriss will try and make up for the big man depth the Warriors are missing. The team also has Willie Cauley-Stein, but he wasn't able to participate in training camp due to a foot strain.
As for the rest of the Warriors, it hopes the tests Looney will have to undergo over the next few days will come back clean and he will be back on the court with them sooner than later.
"Loon, he knows what he's doing out there," Warriors star Stephen Curry said. "He knows where to be. He's been with us for a long time and been in some pretty high-intensity games. Those other guys have to step up in his absence ... myself, Draymond and Loon have been here through these championships, and you want to have us out there as much as possible throughout the year, but if not, it's just an opportunity. In this league, you've got guys who can surprise you with opportunities, so we'll see how it goes."
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