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Steve Kerr wants Kevon Looney to shoot corner 3s, play more minutes

Steve Kerr wants Kevon Looney to shoot corner 3s, play more minutes

The Warriors will not be as talented next year after the crazy developments of the 2019 NBA offseason. But, it could have been substantially worse had they not been able to re-sign Kevon Looney to a three-year contract.

"That was a huge signing for us," Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said of Looney on The Warriors Insider Podcast. "Had we lost Kevon, we would've been in big trouble because -- I said it late last year -- he's become one of our foundational pieces."

Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston -- all critical pieces of the Dubs dynasty -- are no longer with the organization. The Warriors did manage to retain Klay Thompson on a max contract, but he's expected to miss a majority of the season while recovering from a torn ACL. They simply could not have afforded to lose Looney, too.

"I look at Kevon," Kerr continued, "with all of our departures, he's now one of our best players and one of the guys that we're really going to count on from night to night."

It's readily apparent that considerably more will be asked of Looney next season, both out of necessity and due to the fact that he's earned it with his play. While he still could come off the bench, Kerr is determined to give Looney more playing time, and is looking for him to add another dimension to his skill set.

"I saw him a couple weeks ago at the facility," Kerr recalled. "We talked a lot about him expanding his game. I would like to play him more minutes. You know, traditionally, he's been kind of a 25-minute a night guy. I'd love to get that over 30. 

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"I want him to shoot corner 3s," Kerr urged. "He's got a really nice touch and he shoots them in practice, but I think next year is the time to extend that range out to the corner 3, and we're going to give him every opportunity to expand his game. So, I'm thrilled that Kevon is back. He's a huge part of what we do, and I think a bigger part going forward given his development."

If it's not a new era in Golden State, it's at least a new phase. Clearly, Looney will play a major role in where the Warriors go from here.

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Believe it or not, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was once the worst player on his basketball team. That was at UCLA, but in his defense, he was one of the stand-outs in high school.

He was a star for the Monte Vista Mustangs and was recently part of the first Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Before the dinner honoring the group of inductees, he told his kids that he was being honored for being a good player, and they poked fun at him as they were confused about him being referred to as a talented athlete.

"But I'm in man, I got in -- they can't take it away," Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. 

His former school honored him with a plaque that he's sporting on his dashboard. He also got a license plate frame.

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Fitzgerald said he will be calling Myers "Hall of Famer" for the rest of the year.

Suppose that means it was worth it.

Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down what Marquese Chriss brings to team

Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down what Marquese Chriss brings to team

Marquese Chriss hasn't wasted any time adjusting to the Warriors after being acquired in October.

"He's done a nice job, he's played in the five -- I don't think he's played a ton of five, screen-setting, just the littlest things," general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. "Changing his angle on the screens, he's learned to play off these guys."

"Sometimes you need a bit of a wakeup call to just start doing the little things."

The little things the big man has been working on stretch beyond his playing ability. Young Chriss, at just 22 years old, has already been on four teams in three years if you include the Dubs.

When he was brought in, he was viewed as someone to not only make an impact now but down the line.

The team hadn't had a high draft pick in several years and to get someone of his age and caliber is the perfect addition to the roster as Kerr explained after acquiring Chriss

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Chriss looks forward to making a comeback after being plagued with a history of injuries. And the Warriors appear to be happy with the gamble they took. But time will tell.