It has been a long time since the Golden State Warriors were able to get some team workouts in, but that will change on Wednesday.
The Dubs will hold a 10-day minicamp in San Francisco, where the players will finally get in some 5-on-5 action. With the start of the 2020-21 NBA season still very much up in the air, head coach Steve Kerr told NBC Bay Area what he is looking for from his group over the next two weeks:
“I don’t want this to seem anything like a competition for next year or anything like that, because it’s not. Next year is a ways off, so what I’m interested in is guys making improvement individually in the areas that we’ve identified where they can improve, and to play together as a group. Tell me when next season starts, you know? That’s when we’ll have a camp and that’ll be when there will be time to compete for jobs and everything else.”
Attendance isn’t mandatory, so a couple of high profile players are doubtful to participate. Draymond Green’s fiancee is pregnant, so it looks like the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year will sit out the minicamp. Stephen Curry is also expected to miss the workouts, but both can join the group if they choose to as long as they follow the coronavirus protocols that are in place.
The big thing to look out for over the next two weeks is how guard Klay Thompson looks in his first team workouts since injuring his knee in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. By all accounts, Klay has looked great during training sessions throughout the pandemic, so it won’t be surprising to see him outshine his teammates.
Thompson won’t have any restrictions during camp and will take part in 5-on-5 scrimmages.
Kerr is looking at this as an opportunity to build team chemistry going into next season and to gage where the players are in terms of their fitness levels. The Dubs have five G League players in town for the workouts, including Zach Norvell Jr., Roger Moute a Bidas, Jeremy Pargo, Jonathon Simmons and Ryan Taylor.
Golden State is expected to have 16 players participate in their mini-camp. The Warriors released the full roster of players that will be in attendance.
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