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Warriors coach Steve Kerr interviewing NBA draft prospects on Zoom

Warriors coach Steve Kerr interviewing NBA draft prospects on Zoom

Is Warriors coach Steve Kerr using virtual communication methods to talk to NBA draft prospects?

Good question.

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.

Additionally, Kerr is thinking holistically about the Warriors' principles and identity.

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"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."

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Eight NBA stars who could've hit higher level without major injuries

Eight NBA stars who could've hit higher level without major injuries

The Warriors have dealt with their fair share of significant injuries these last couple of seasons.

Kevin Durant ruptured his Achilles, Klay Thompson tore his ACL and Steph Curry broke his hand within a six-month span. All of Dub Nation, as well as other NBA fans, hope that these stars will recover and carry on their Hall of Fame-caliber careers at the same level as they did before their injuries.

However, it's scary to think about how many major stars were not so lucky. Bill Walton's career was derailed by injuries, Larry Bird's back hindered his longevity in the league and Yao Ming's feet couldn't handle much more than eight seasons.

There are countless other examples, and Kerith Burke, Damion Lee and I discussed some of them on this week's episode of the "Runnin' Plays" podcast. We examined the players' careers that we would've loved to see be fulfilled and not hijacked by ailments.

Here are some of those players we listed, plus a few that I could not help but add.

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Warriors' Steph Curry explains rationale behind Howard golf donation

Warriors' Steph Curry explains rationale behind Howard golf donation

Warriors star Steph Curry simply was visiting Howard University to attend a screening of a documentary he was an executive producer for called "Emanuel," which focused on the horrific 2015 shooting of nine Black worshipers by a white supremacist inside a Charleston, South Carolina church.

But a single conversation with a Howard student ended up leading to Curry making a donation allowing the school to create a Division I men's and women's golf program, beginning with the 2020-21 academic year. The amount of Curry's donation wasn't disclosed by the University, but it is expected to support several scholarships, hire a coach and fund the initial recruiting process. One student in particular, Otis Ferguson IV, sparked the idea in Curry's head after the two spoke about Ferguson's hopes of Howard creating a club golf program.

"He told me how much golf means to him," Curry told reporters after the first round of the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. "The idea came just from that. I heard what he had to say and I was like 'What can we do to bring that Division I program back?' Men's and Women's, and create scholarships, because we know how great the game of golf is, wanting to continue to create access and opportunity, not just playing but also in the business of golf."

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The coronavirus pandemic could have some disastrous impacts on Division I athletic departments over the next few years, but it doesn't sound like Curry's donation is going anywhere.

The recent groundswell of support for the Black Lives Matter movement has brought national attention to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which never have had the same kind of competitive football and men's basketball programs as their other Division I counterparts. Five-star prep basketball prospect Makur Maker committed to Howard's men's basketball program on July 3, which could be just the beginning of a trend of elite prep athletes choosing HBCUs for all sports, not just basketball.

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Curry's obsession with golf has been well documented throughout his NBA career. He and former teammate Andre Iguodala famously would sneak away during playoff series to get 18 holes in, whether they were at home or in another market. Iguodala recently said he bet a lump sum on Curry to beat the field in Lake Tahoe this weekend at the ACC.

The two-time NBA MVP finished Friday's first-round in 14th place, with 14 points (ACC utilizes golf's Stableford scoring system). Considering Steph's father Dell Curry stood ahead of him in the standings going into Saturday's second round, expect Curry to come out motivated at Edgewood Tahoe South.