Coach Steve Kerr has voiced his opinion on the impact Draymond Green’s preseason punch on Jordan Poole had on the Golden State Warriors’ season. He also emphasized how significant it is for Green to return to the team next season during their end-of-season press conference. Kerr admitted that without Green, they would not have been contenders for the championship and that he is essential to their success.
Green, who has a $27.6 million player option next season, may opt-out to sign a long-term contract. While he has been integral to the Warriors’ success, Green’s volatile side has created issues for the team, as seen during his previous brawl with Poole and his suspension for stepping on Sacramento’s Domantas Sabonis. The team’s trust in Green has been compromised, hindering their performance during the season and the playoffs.
Kerr also mentioned the importance of rebuilding trust, improving their transition efficiency, defending without fouling, and getting more power from their younger players. They need to establish consistent roles for players like Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, and Poole, who are vital to the team’s success.
The Warriors need to address operational questions as well, with general manager Bob Myers’ contract expiring and Kerr entering the final year of his contract. However, their focus is on Myers staying with the team, and Kerr is not in a rush to address it.
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