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But Pachulia was intrigued. Like most vets, he’d been bit by that winning bug. This was the perfect opportunity. An opportunity to start for a massive title favorite. But he still needed some convincing. Give Steve Kerr the assist. “We closed the deal basically after I talked to coach,” Pachulia said. “He’s a good salesman. Good guy. You can tell from interviews what kind of person he is. Trustable. Honest. You can tell from his tone, from his manners. After our phone conversation, I knew I wanted to be part of it.”
General manager Bob Myers provided more clarity Thursday into the health of Golden State’s head coach, whom Myers checks in with daily. Myers said Kerr is “trending in the right direction” after missing most of training camp and the first 43 games of last season with complications stemming from back surgery.
Q: Do you think JaVale McGee have a shot at making this team? Steve Kerr: I do. I think JaVale has a real chance here. We’ll see how he plays in camp. But he comes highly recommended by Andre, who played with him in Denver. I think this is a really good opportunity for him, because he’s playing with a talented group of players and a really good environment… in which there’s nobody like him on the roster. I think he’s got a chance and we’ll give him every opportunity to play.
What are your concerns about Draymond Green after his eventful summer? -KERR: I’ve got no major concerns. I have a great relationship with Draymond. Bob has a great relationship with him. I think the communication is constant. We’ve gotten to know each other really well over the last couple years. At his core, Draymond is a fighter and a winner. And I don’t think that’s changed. I think if you talk to him he’d probably tell you he regrets a couple things that happened over the summer and he wants to grow from that and I’m confident he will, just like I’m growing as a coach and all of our players, we’re all growing, constantly, and I don’t mean that lightly. We all just try to get better.
Do you think Steph kind of went through a modern day “Jordan Rules” in the playoffs? Did he get stronger in the offseason? -KERR: He does look good, he looks strong. I know he’s been working hard. It was important for him to get rest–it’s always tricky when you only have three months and you’ve got an injury. You want to get rest but you want to get better at the same time, that’s not an easy thing to accomplish. I think Steph has done a good job of that; he looks good. At the the highest level of sports, this is what happens. You face injury, you face a loss, you face criticism. I say it all the time, you know, this is why these guys get paid a lot of money and that’s where they really earn it.
How do you feel physically now compared to this time last year? -KERR: Oh, no not even close. I feel a lot better than I did a year ago. I’ll be out there coaching and I’ll be ready to go. So let’s move on to the team, shall we? (Smiles.)