Warriors big man Kevon Looney is, well, big.
And rookie Patrick Baldwin Jr. was reminded of that fact the hard way during an on-court encounter he described as his very own “welcome to the NBA” moment.
Baldwin Jr. and fellow rookie Ryan Rollins joined 95.7 The Game’s “Damon and Ratto” show Thursday, where the Milwaukee product detailed the hilarious wake-up call.
“I feel my first experience — and I’m sure Ryan has needed to get through Kevon Looney screens a pair times,” Baldwin Jr. said, to which Rollins agreed. “I’m guarding the wings and the guards and switching on the guards after which boom, you get hit with a Kevon Looney screen and it’s like a rock.
“In order that was form of my’ welcome to the NBA’ moment just physicality-wise, but Kevon sets great screens.”
Stepping onto the court at 6-foot-9, 235 kilos, Looney’s size is the right example of what Baldwin Jr. can come to expect as he adjusts from playing college basketball to competing within the NBA.
While the rookie isn’t too far off from that height and weight himself, there actually is an art to holding one’s ground against a defender that Looney has come to master.
As Baldwin Jr. noted, Looney is an exceptional screen setter — just one in every of many attributes which have helped him create shots for his Golden State teammates through the years and establish himself as a critical piece of the team’s success.
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The Warriors chosen Baldwin Jr. and Rollins within the 2022 NBA Draft at Nos. 28 and 44, respectively.
And just as their young teammate James Wiseman is learning from Looney at center, the pair of rookies might have the ability to glean some information on the right way to change into more rock-like on the court from their veteran counterpart.