Warriors’ Steve Kerr tips his hat to Jonas Jerebko for professionalism
Golden State Warriors forward Jonas Jerebko has seen his role for the Dubs diminish significantly over the past few weeks. The return of DeMarcus Cousins from injury a couple of months back ate into his minutes, while the recent addition of Andrew Bogut resulted in a string of DNP’s.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admitted that it was not an ideal situation for Jerebko, but that the 32-year-old veteran’s attitude has remained professional throughout the ordeal.
“We’ve talked. He’s frustrated, but he understands,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, via Mark Medina of The Mercury News. “He just has to stay ready. You just never know.”
True enough, this was exactly what happened on Tuesday night when Jerebko stepped it up once his number was called. The 6-foot-10 power forward logged 18 huge points on 6-of-10 shooting, along with three three-pointers, and four rebounds, as he helped his side to a 117-107 victory against the Minnesota Timebrwolves.
After the contest, coach Kerr had nothing but good things to say about Jerebko’s performance and his character.
“The guys took a lot of joy out of his performance,” Kerr said. “He’s just a pro. He’s out there and hasn’t played in probably a month. He stays ready and does that. That’s why he is who he is.”
Kudos to Jerebko for keeping his body and mind right despite his current predicament. Surely, he should not expect big minutes moving forward, but it would not be surprising if he sees an increased role following this outstanding performance.