With the NBA Finals officially underway, the Golden State Warriors will get the opportunity to watch some of the games together. The team is in the middle of its pandemic mini-camp in San Francisco, with players sticking inside a bubble.
Head coach Steve Kerr hopped on 95.7 The Game’s Damon, Ratto & Kolsky show, and touched on several topics about how the Dubs look so far during their first full-team activity in more than six months (h/t NBC Bay Area).
Kerr was asked what the mood has been like, and he stressed that just being together amidst the coronavirus outbreak is the most important thing.
“Oh, I haven’t yelled at anybody yet,” he said. “Are you kidding me? We’ve got a global pandemic, and we finally get to get back on the basketball court. I mean, you think I’m mad about anything?”
Even without team leaders Stephen Curry and Draymond Green — who both have excused absences — Kerr is looking to set the tone for the 2020-21 NBA season.
“We’ve been apart from each other for six months,” Kerr said. “ ... We just need to sort of settle back into our routine and remind our players what we’re about, what we value, what’s important every day when they come into work.”
Kerr also mentioned that he likes what he sees from the young Dubs.
“The guys who have finished their rookie year, and now looking forward to their second season, there’s a different level of confidence,” Kerr said. ”Jordan Poole, Ky Bowman, Eric Paschall ... when you get that first one under your belt, I think it’s a lot easier coming back and knowing what to expect.
Paschall — who was named First Team All-Rookie — has the highest expectations of the trio. The Villanova product struggled with his outside shooting, connecting on just 28.7% of his 3-point attempts, something Kerr says Paschall is trying to address.
“He’s working hard on his shot,” Kerr said. ”If we can improve that 3-point shot, particularly from the corners, then he’s got a chance to stay on the floor even more next year. And then defensively, he’s got to get better. It’s not just the ability to switch and stay in front of guards. That’s sort of everybody’s go-to phrase these days. But it’s really learning all of the tricks that the veterans have, understanding the patterns that you’re seeing night in and night out during the NBA game, and recognizing them and anticipating them and then being in the right place — being proactive and being aggressive and getting stops and being a plus defender.”
We don’t know when we will the Warriors play a real game, but allowing Klay Thompson to knock off the rust is also a huge bonus. Thompson is practicing with the team after not playing a game since June of 2019.
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Even without participating in the mini-camp, Kerr is not worried about the shape Curry will be in for next season. NBC Bay Area’s Monte Poole says the head coach is impressed with the work Steph has put in on his physique.
Green has done an excellent job filling in as an analyst during the NBA on TNT broadcasts. Green explained to The New York Times’ Marc Stein why he doesn’t mind missing this year’s NBA Finals after five-straight appearances.
Axios ranked each NBA teams’ all-time roster. Writer Jeff Tracy has the Dubs very high on his list.