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What Kerr wants Warriors to accomplish during minicamp

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In exactly two weeks, the Warriors will begin the voluntary program that allows every player and coach to convene at Chase Center for individual and team workouts.

So what is coach Steve Kerr hoping to accomplish during this in-market minicamp?

"We're going to try to make it as competitive as possible," Kerr said Monday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show. "Knowing that next season isn't gonna start on time and could even be pushed back further, we want to get the most that we possibly can out of this camp.

"We're asking guys to come in in great shape so that we can get a lot of scrimmaging in. We'll probably have a couple of dress rehearsal-type scrimmages on the main floor at Chase.

"We want to get as much work in as possible to make up for the fact that we have hardly played any basketball for six months, and probably won't be for another few months after that."

The Warriors' last game before their season was shut down for good because of the coronavirus was on March 10. And players were not allowed to use Chase Center facilities from March 17 until June 1.

For several months, Kerr held out hope that the league and union would come to an agreement that would provide clearance for the eight teams not invited to the Orlando bubble to hold group practices.

 

His wish finally came true.

"The first phase (Sept. 14-20) will consist of the continuation of voluntary individual workouts at team facilities and the commencement of daily COVID-19 testing for all players and staff planning to participate in group workouts," the NBA and National Basketball Players Association jointly announced Aug. 18. "The second phase (Sept. 21 - Oct. 6) will consist of group training activities in market, which may include practices, skill or conditioning sessions and intra-squad scrimmages, and the continuation of daily COVID-19 testing.

"For this phase, each team will create its own campus-like environment in its home city. The 'campus' will include the team's facilities and private living accommodations for all participating players and team staff. To participate in group training activities, players and team staff must remain on the campus."

The Warriors officially have not said whether players such as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins will be full participants. General manager Bob Myers last week said he hoped everybody would be there, and even took it one step further.

"We're gonna go into this in-market bubble in a few weeks and watch what our core-four guys look like -- and I'm putting Wiggins in there," Myers told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. "What does that even look like? Nobody has seen it. I haven't seen it, you haven't seen it, no coach has seen it, players haven't felt it.

"So in order to kind of move forward, we need to evaluate what we have -- and evaluate what that is. I'd be lying if I knew what it was. I have ideas of what it might be ... we need to see it, and that's why I'm excited about the weeks in September and early October to see some of it.

"The reason that's relevant is that's gonna give us a better sense of our team, and what we have and what that core looks like."

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In June, Kerr said he "100 percent" expected his star players to be "all-in." But it's possible things have changed.

As for the rest of the roster, these workouts should be very beneficial for guys like Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, Alen Smailagic, Kevon Looney and Marquese Chriss.

Their development is very important for the franchise moving forward.

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