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Kevon Looney is only 26 years old, but the Warriors big man is already in his eighth NBA season with Golden State.

And throughout his professional basketball journey, the three-time NBA champion has learned countless lessons from his senior counterparts Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala, who are between the ages of 32 and 38 with four rings each.

With those four still on the team and new faces representing the future Warriors, Looney has found a new role as a “go-between” between the two generations of the locker room, imparting wisdom learned from older veterans up and down the line. – coming young people.

“I’m just trying in the dressing room. my role is more to bring everybody together,” Looney said after the Warriors’ 126-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday at Scotiabank Arena.

“… I’m in the age gap, so maybe the relationship with the younger guys and the older guys, just trying to pass on the culture and the winning habits that all the older guys taught me, try to bring it. the younger guys and explain to them what the coaches and senior guys expect.”

The winning culture that Golden State’s seniors rely on has contributed to the team’s four NBA titles in the last eight seasons. And Looney’s response Sunday was similar to that of 23-year-old Jordan Poole, who called himself the team’s “middle kid.”

As a young group of Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, James Wiseman, Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins, all 21 and younger, navigate the league’s ups and downs, Looney knows the struggle all too well.

The center has faced numerous injury setbacks throughout his career, but has come out fighting on the other side, cementing his place in Warriors lore as their very own Iron Man.

“I’m one of those guys that kind of went through what they went through, not playing, playing and being out and out,” Looney said. “So I know how they feel and just explaining to them, just be patient, that’s my role.”

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The Warriors’ young core is fortunate to have such a talented group of veterans, including the 26-year-old Looney.

And if Dub Nation is lucky, the beloved big man will continue to serve as the team’s mentor for a long, long time.

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