Steve Kerr reveals Warriors’ mindset in potential Chicago bubble
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is ready to abide by whatever decision the league comes to for the eight NBA teams left out of the bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The three-time NBA champion tactician was quite vocal about his desire to have a mini-training camp — and not some sort of tournament — for the eight eliminated teams, just so they won’t have to deal with a lengthy hiatus from basketball. However, now that it looks like there will be some sort of competition for the so-called “Delete Eight,” Kerr discussed his thoughts on the matter.
“Originally when it was announced that the 22 teams would go to Orlando, we felt like the other eight of us would probably be allowed to do some kind of an in-market training camp,” the Warriors coach told The Athletic’s “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast with David Aldridge and BIG Wos, per NBC Sports.
“And that is the most preferable scenario for us and, frankly, for most of the teams. But like everything else in the world, there are just so many factors here.”
While Steve Kerr admitted that the new protocols will take some time getting used to, he is willing to embrace the changes for the good of the team.
“I respect where the NBA is coming from, where the Players Association is coming from, where the guidelines are coming from, so this is really complex. We’re going to do whatever the league asks us to do. If that means going to Chicago for a bubble, then we’ll do it,” he explained.
The Warriors will be joined by seven other teams, which include the Minneosta Timberwolves, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although the possible bubble won’t have any merit to their chances this year, Kerr looks forward to the chance of getting ready for next year.
“We really haven’t had a chance to talk about it, but I think those are pretty good assumptions to make,” Kerr said on using the Chicago bubble for player development and leaving out the Warriors’ top stars. “It would feel like a summer league. If we go to Chicago, it’s purely for development.”