With Kerr being absent in two of the last three seasons there might be concern of him missing even more time this year. However, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Kerr laid that all to rest immediately. “I fully expect to coach all year,” Kerr says in a no-nonsense tone. “That’s my expectation. And for many years to come.”
Kerr not only made it clear that he’ll be coaching this season, but he laid to rest any whispers of his back forcing him into retirement. That said, he’s not willing to state he’s fully healthy.
How confident is he that he’ll be able to coach all season? “I fully expect to coach all year,” Kerr says in a no-nonsense tone. “That’s my expectation. And for many years to come.” He says that getting back to the demands and pressures of the job when training camp opens won’t be a problem. “No, I don’t look at it that way,” Kerr says. “I enjoy what I do; I don’t look at it like a grind and pressure. I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym.”
No coach ever stops coaching, even in the offseason. Kerr says he spends at minimum a couple of hours a day on Warriors business. “I’m on the phone, talking to (general manager) Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat (before training camp). It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden (famous workaholic), I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room (laugh).”
Bradley, given the minutes he assumes in taking Caldwell-Pope’s place in the backcourt and the stature he brings as an All-Defense front-runner and scorer, is best positioned to shape the mindset of the 2017-18 Pistons. “I thought he came in here and made a great first impression,” Van Gundy said. “And forget the impression he made on our fans or anybody else. I think all of our players follow news like that and I think he made a very good impression on all of them and certainly on our staff.”
As for the 3-pointers, Howard knows where Clifford stands on them. Charlotte has a playbook of ways to use Howard on offense, to get him the ball with actions once executed in Orlando. Charlotte will use his ability to pass, too. Nevertheless, there are no Howard 3-pointers written into Clifford’s playbook. This is classic Dwight Howard: an investment born of his best intentions, but ultimately counterproductive. These are private workouts, run by Howard’s own staff, and Clifford hadn’t made the seven-hour round trip to talk to Howard about 3-pointers.