Steve Kerr emphasizes importance of Warriors’ 2019 training camp

The Golden State Warriors have a host of new players on their roster for the 2019-20 season, and with training camp starting next Tuesday, coach Steve Kerr is focused on building his team’s chemistry.

Kerr recently spoke on the importance of this season’s training camp and other topics in an article written by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

He said this year’s training camp is the “most important” one since he began coaching Golden State in 2014. The Warriors have new players in D’Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall and Alen Smailagic, the Warriors’ rookies, will have their own development to focus on with the team.

As Golden State prepares for a new season, Kerr told Slater that he knows training camp is going to be a time where the Warriors build cohesion.

“This year, it’s totally different,” Kerr said. “Nobody really knows each other that well. We’re really going to have to examine our team in camp, the exhibition season, early in the season. Figure out the best way to play on both ends. We have some ideas and we’re going to really push them hard in camp. Camp will be critical.”

A big part of the Warriors’ success has been their continuity. Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have been the core throughout the team’s run. Kerr said during the 2016-17 season, Kevin Durant’s first with the team, the Warriors were at their best offensively.

They had their core players in Curry, Green and Thompson, along with key complementary players in Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. When Durant came in, he brought his scoring ability and that year’s Warriors team became arguably the best offensive team ever.

The Warriors won’t have Thompson at training camp, as he is recovering from a left ACL injury he suffered during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

Thompson has been a key part of the Warriors’ offense. With his ability to move without the ball and catch and shoot, he’s tough for defenses to keep track of.

Russell brings a kind of dynamic, playmaking ability that’s different than what Curry offers. Curry creates opportunities for his teammates because of how much attention he draws.

But Russell thrives in the pick-and-roll, especially when he uses the screen and drives toward the middle of the floor. He’s highly skilled in that area, and his ability to get to the basket will add a different look to the Warriors’ offense.

Golden State has a different team compared to the ones that have won three NBA Finals in the past five seasons.

While they still have key players in Curry, Green and Thompson, it’ll be imperative to bring everyone on the team together and create some chemistry ahead of the season.

 

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