Is Warriors coach Steve Kerr using virtual communication methods to talk to NBA draft prospects?
The answer is "yes."
"We're getting ready for the draft so I'm watching tape, interviewing players over Zoom," Kerr recently said during a conversation with Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller and former Arizona guard Matt Muehlebach. "Whatever I can do to prepare."
Golden State -- who virtually is guaranteed to end up with a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft -- might not be able to conduct any workouts or meet face-to-face with the top prospects because of the coronavirus pandemic.
That makes these virtual conversations that much more important.
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Kerr never has been more involved with the Warriors' pre-draft process, as he was unable to be an active participant from 2016 to 2019 because the Dubs were making deep playoff runs to the NBA Finals every year.
It's safe to assume Kerr, general manager Bob Myers and other members of the front office have have been conducting interviews since early April.
Until further notice, NBA teams will receive up to four hours per prospect in virtual meeting during predraft, sources said. Teams are prohibited from conducting more than two hours of virtual meetings with a player in a week. https://t.co/bkg56jm6C0— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 6, 2020
Additionally, Kerr is thinking holistically about the Warriors' principles and identity.
"We're actually taking more time to really delve into our strategy," he explained. "How are we going to defend next year? There's been so much turnover. We're realizing we got to change some things strategically. It's not an easy process.
"We're trying to take advantage of this time. We're working together as a coaching staff with our front office to try to figure out what can we do better on both ends of the floor."