With all NBA travel on an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, NBA coaches have been spending a lot more time at home than they normally would during March and April.
Instead of spending time on the road scouting and preparing for the NBA playoffs, they’ve been forced to find other ways to fill their time.
With just about all restaurants being confined to takeout or delivery, families have been staying in and cooking more frequently. In that spirit, the Warriors coaching staff is trying to stay competitive.
“Believe it or not, we have a coaches’ challenge tonight,” Kerr said on 95.7 The Game Thursday. “All of the coaches, either last night, tonight or tomorrow are supposed to cook the same meal. The team chef has basically challenged us, and we are all supposed to report back to him with a photo and some kind of video of a family member commenting on the dish.”
Kerr said the dish was chicken parmesan, a classic family meal.
Given Kerr’s various successes as an NBA player, coach, executive and broadcaster, it’s hard to imagine that his cooking skills wouldn’t at least be above average.
Andrew Wiggins was impressive in his first 12 games in a Warriors uniform.
The 25-year-old averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and just under 34 percent from 3-point range.
“Our coaching staff is very excited about Andrew and how he may fit here going forward,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on Thursday. “Very hard — it’s so hard — to find wings right now in the NBA with good positional size and athleticism.
“He’s a walking 20 points. He’s gonna go out there and he’s gonna get you 20 points in any game. He’s capable of doing a lot more than that. But that’s pretty good.”
And then Lacob mentioned a former Warriors player that had to sign elsewhere once Kevin Durant decided to come to Golden State.
“When Harrison Barnes was with us — and I loved Harrison, different kind of player a little bit — but we would sit there and say, ‘If we can just get him to get 20 points in a game it would really help,'” he said. “You know (you’ve got a) good chance to win a game if you got three guys scoring 20 in a game.
“And we needed that.”
Barnes averaged 10.1 points per game during Steve Kerr’s first year at the helm in 2014-15, and then 11.7 points per game the following season.
Over the 2015 and 2016 NBA Playoffs combined, he scored 20 or more points only one time (Game 5 of the 2015 Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets).
In Game 5 of the 2015 West Finals, Harrison Barnes (after Klay Thompson was knocked out of the game/concussed by Trevor Ariza) scored 9 straight points over a two-minute span to give the Warriors a 15-point lead. This driving dunk truly was his best moment in a Warriors uniform pic.twitter.com/pI2NZc3oYX
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 3, 2020
Assuming the Warriors are fully healthy next season, it might be difficult for Wiggins to average 20 per game. It’s probably more realistic to expect him to register 15 to 18 points per night, but on the best shooting percentages of his career.
Combine that with consistent defense and engagement and Golden State would be thrilled with those results.
Few NBA players in history have shown the vast array of shot-making abilities that Steph Curry has demonstrated in his 11 seasons in the league.
From any spot on the floor, the Warriors star can rise up and bury a 3-pointer, no matter the angle or presence of defenders around him.
Coach Steve Kerr has watched just about every one of Steph’s practices and games since taking over the team in 2014, some of which simply force the coach to throw up his hands and marvel.
But one shot, in particular, stands out to Kerr as the most outlandish attempt from Curry.
“Probably the one in warmups a few years ago,” Kerr said on 95.7 The Game. “Where he launched it all the way up into the rafters, and it came down.
“That’s almost impossible, to do that. If anybody is gonna make that, it’s Steph.”
Given that Curry attempts these shots on a nightly basis, it’s hard to know exactly which one from Curry’s archive his head coach is referring to, but we might have a few ideas, including this make from 2017.
Steph hit the super-floater and KD was hyped 😂 pic.twitter.com/rO4qNkLTPC
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 7, 2017
He also could have been talking about when Steph incorporated a bounce into these trick shots, as seen below.
Only Steph can make this go through the hoop TWICE! pic.twitter.com/dq3tTF8tBG
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 3, 2018
How does Steph make this??? 😂 pic.twitter.com/scKJRlnpWH
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) October 25, 2018
Curry really is in a class of his own when it comes to these shots with a high degree of difficulty.