The Warriors understood when they drafted Kevon Looney that the 19-year-old power forward might require hip surgery. The procedure, according to the team, was performed on Thursday in Colorado.
The arthroscopic procedure, designed to repair a torn labrum in Looney’s right hip, will sideline the UCLA product for a minimum of four to six months.
“Kevon has his entire NBA career ahead of him and we felt that, in consultation with our medical staff, Kevon and his representatives, it was best to address the issue now,” general Manager Bob Myers said in a statement. “He will have our complete support throughout the rehabilitation process and we are confident he will make a full recovery.”
Though many draft boards had Looney going in the middle of the first round, if not higher, the lingering hip issue surely was the primary factor in him dropping to the Warriors at No. 30 overall.
Despite occasional hip discomfort, Looney started all 36 games for the Bruins last season, averaging 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 31 minutes. He said upon being drafted that he could play despite the soreness. As if to prove it, Looney played in all six games for the Warriors in Las Vegas Summer League, averaging almost 20 minutes.
The Warriors, though, are proceeding cautiously. Their roster is fairly firm and Looney would have had a hard time finding minutes even if he were fully healthy entering training camp next month.
As Myers said on draft night, the Warriors are willing to wait in the event Looney needed surgery. Wait they will.