Steve Kerr says worst league warriors are in off-season mode

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As the NBA continues to try to find ways to save the end of its season as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted that his team was operating as if his season was already over.

“It looks like the offseason,” Kerr said in a Zoom conference call with the University of San Francisco on Tuesday. “And in fact, we had a Zoom call, Bob Myers and I did a Zoom with our players, our whole list last week. And it was just a chance to sign up, but it was also a chance for Bob to update players on his contact with the league and the latest news, but it also looked like our annual release meeting ‘team. Our coaching staff and I have had staff assessments, offseason plans, so we are absolutely in offseason mode right now. “

As other playoff contenders try to keep their teams focused on a possible comeback, Kerr said that while the Warriors stayed in touch with all of their players and staff, the team was not not worried about a possible comeback as the Warriors had a worst league record of 15 to 50 when the season was suspended on March 11.

“The suspension came at an interesting time and it really made a difference, depending on your team’s position in the standings,” said Kerr. “So I spoke to some of my fellow coaches who coach teams that are at the heart of the playoff hunt. They are desperately trying to stay in touch with their team, some of them are even doing group training sessions on Zoom with their coaching staff, and they are trying to find hoops for their players to shoot where they are able to do it.

“It’s different for us because we were 17 games away, but we were out of the playoffs. It looks like the end of the season for our team. It’s just. We don’t know anything officially. There’s still a chance the league might ask us to come back to play a few games, but given what we’ve been through this season with all the injuries and the tough record, it has been more the case of staying in touch with the guys, but everyone is sort of assuming that this is sort of. We are no longer going to be involved. “

Tuesday’s call, led by Hall of Famer basketball player Jennifer Azzi, included Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts, who explained how he has been trying to keep in touch with his employees since the season shutdown, which included virtual town hall meetings to keep everyone informed.

“My commitment was to communicate with each employee every day. And we do it through a type of end-of-day email, “said Welts. “I try to speak to someone every day who has a unique perspective because of the work they have on what they are going through with the pandemic that could affect our industry, then I try to share some of his ideas with our people. The town halls look a lot like that. “

The employee meetings included Kerr and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as guests.

“We have the opportunity to gather the 500 of our employees and in fact, the virtual format allows you to get incredible guests. Steve was a guest, Adam Silver was a guest, the two main owners of the Warriors, Peter Guber and Joe Lacob, can speak directly to our employees, “said Welts. “We have a medical component for everyone. Our team doctor responds to questions our employees may have about safety or what they can or should do. We had a mental health aspect the last time our team clinical psychologist actually spoke to our employees, for whom we had very good feedback. We have a lot of 20 people living alone right now, who are not like Steve or me when we are at home with our families every day and have a little space, but are really socially isolated.

“It’s kind of an untold story, I think, we focus on the really medical side of the virus. The mental health side, I think, is increasingly important to address because we, as humans, weren’t wired to function that way. And you can start to see the frustration people have with following the guidelines as best we can, but we need more than that as a human being. “

For Kerr, who has had social distances with his family in their off-season home in San Diego since the end of the season, the suspension has allowed his coaching staff to reassess how they want to approach next season and beyond.

“I think what we have been trying to do as staff is taking longer than ever before, to really reflect, to really look at what we have done, what we would like to do in the future,” said Kerr. “And we’re in a pretty unique position because we had an incredible five-year run and then this season where we had the worst NBA record and suffered all kinds of injuries and everything. And so this all our experience, these last six years for us, as a coaching staff, as an organization, we have seen almost everything and yet what I do now, it is very rarely that we had a chance to sit down and examine everything. “

Kerr said the break was very “productive” for the staff at several levels. The Warriors will have a first choice in the 2020 NBA Draft and should have their nucleus from Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, all of whom have faced various injuries over the past year, healthy and ready to go whenever 2020-21 season begins.

“It has been really productive for me and our staff,” said Kerr. “I think we have had much deeper conversations among the staff to try to find better ways to train our players and better ways to approach next season and really make the most of the time we have. “

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