Warriors not worried about Nick Young’s preseason struggles
When the Golden State Warriors signed Nick Young in the summer, they had high hopes that he could immediately make an impact for them off the bench, and contribute with his efficient outside shooting. That has not been the case though so far, as he’s been struggling in the preseason, and even suffered a bad fall against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
However, head coach Steve Kerr made it known that he is not worried about Young’s slow start. He then added, via Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, that having a long season will benefit him, and is hoping he will eventually move on from his recent struggles.
“He’s a little behind, but I’m not worried,” Kerr said. “I’m not worried. It’s a long season. … Nick will get there, but it has been a slow start.”
“He’s doubtful for (Sunday). I suppose he could play, but I don’t know why he would.”
After spending the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Young decided to take his talents to Oakland this summer, and agreed to terms on a one year, $5.2 million deal. His experience and ability to knock down shots from distance could be a big weapon for the Dubs, and would bolster their already formidable bench.
It’s very understandable that Kerr and his coaching staff are taking a cautious approach on the 32-year-old USC product, as they know what matters most is the regular season. Being the veteran that he is, Young understands what’s needed for him play at his best again, and will surely figure it out as the campaign progresses.