Warriors' Kevon Looney receives green light from Steve Kerr to shoot 3s


Warriors big man Kevon Looney truly is going to start shooting 3-pointers this season.

No seriously, you gotta believe us this time.

Why? Well, because the 23-year-old himself told Anthony Slater of The Athletic that's the plan.

"The makeup of our team this year is going to call for me to shoot more 3s," Looney said. "I think last year, you know, we got KD, Steph, Draymond, Klay, you got four guys out there (as) capable shooters, you kind of need the big to be able to roll and finish. That’s kind of been my role.

"I expanded the mid-range jump shot, just to open the game up, make it easier for Steph, so he has some outlets. But I’ve really been working on the 3.

"Steve (Kerr) gave me the green light. Well, he gave me the green light before, but this one, it feels a little different. Like, even if you miss, I want you to keep shooting because we need you to make that shot."

Let's take a walk back in time to late December 2018.

"He's got a lot more game than people know of, and we see it in practice," Kerr told 95.7 The Game's Damon Bruce. "Kevon is such a conscientious player that he's normally deferring to the stars. But we're gonna ask him to do more. We think he can make 3s.


"He took a corner 3 last night that didn't go in, but it was a good shot and one he made in practice. I think if he continues to play and gain confidence, I think you're gonna see Kevon starting to show more offense."

And show more on offense he did.

But Looney did not end up attempting more shots from beyond the arc last season. He went 1-for-10 from 3-point range, and is just 5-for-26 from deep since entering the NBA.

The Warriors big man will embark on the next phase of his career with a new mindset.

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"I’ve always been confident in my shooting, being able to shoot the 3," Looney told Slater. "But as a young guy on a championship team, you’re always looking over your shoulder, like, you don’t want to get subbed out. I always had that in the back of my head.

"This year, I’m a lot more confident."

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