After the departure of Kevin Durant in 2019 and the serious injury of Klay Thompson, the Warriors assumed a double “timeline” in their build, betting on their 30 stars as Stephen Curry, but also on the youngsters who were going to take the lead. Lifts.
For many, this was a very risky choice that risked ruining the last good years of the double MVP, and Steve Kerr realizes that many stars did not accept this double calendar.
A lot of stars would have said, ‘No, we have to trade all these guys for a star, I need a star by my side’ So explains the coach to Athletic. “At club level, the decision was: Let’s grow these guys to have a bright future. Very few players in Steve’s boots would have said, ‘Okay, I’ll take it and we’ll make it happen.’”
Among the stars, particularly LeBron James, the rule is to pressure clubs to play for the title in the short term. Youth development and patience is secondary.
“That’s not how I work”Stephen Curry knows. “There were talks about different paths to take, and we discussed different paths together. But at the end of the day, I trust Bob (Myers, GM), and I trust who we are. There was no panic. It obviously helps that we won some titles. It offers patience. But there was no panic to make sure I, Clay and Draymond had another chance, to see how we could have elements around us to make it work. It’s just patience in the end.”
Patience to allow the development of Jordan Paul. The patience to allow Andrew Wiggins to become an all-star in his role. Patience to wait for Klay Thompson’s return.
“To achieve something like this (a quick rebuilding like this) means to have a star on the athletic level who is also a star on the human level. That is the only option for action”
Patience allowed by Stephen Curry’s leadership, always on the same wavelength as his own.
“translates to all levels” Steve Kerr resumes. “Out of the players, the coaches. It makes my job easier, it makes Bob’s job easier, it makes Joe’s job (Lacob, owner), more simple. »
And so Joe Lacope remembers Stephen Curry as well “The active player who’s been with the same club the longest” (Actually, it’s Odonis Haslem, in his 19th season in Miami while he was the base guard on his 13th campaign in Golden State, but the interior has only a theoretical role) and it is ” the culture “ and the The perfect marriage.
It’s actually Golden State’s Tim Duncan, this superstar is able to evolve and adapt, over the years, to allow his club to always compete.
“It is the basis of everything”Steve Kerr concludes. “The only way for all of this is to achieve something like this (such as rapid reconstruction), It is to have a star on the athletic level who is also a star on the human level. This is her only option to work. Steve is exactly that. He is an incredible leader, very conservative. But other men see everything he does.”
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