Warriors never rebuilt trust after Green-Poole incident, Steve Kerr says

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has attributed his team’s failure to contend for a championship in the 2022-2023 season to a lack of trust among the players. During his exit interview, Kerr said that trust had been damaged after an incident during training camp in which Draymond Green punched Jordan Poole. The coach said he believed some of the chemistry and trust were still present in the team, but it wasn’t enough. Rebuilding trust and the team’s culture is a top priority for the Warriors this summer.

Kerr also acknowledged that rebuilding the culture wasn’t just about Green and Poole but about forging relationships between the various generations of the team, with a group led by core players Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson transitioning into a new era with up-and-coming talents such as Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody. The coach said forging these relationships was an ongoing process that required time and communication. However, the situation was complicated by the fact that Green, whose player option for the 2023-2024 season is worth $27.6m, had yet to confirm if he would return.

The Warriors also face uncertainty surrounding the future of general manager Bob Myers, who has been with the franchise since 2011. Myers’ contract is set to expire at the end of June, and he is said to be considering his options. Green is said to be “very concerned” about Myers’ future, and this could play a role in his decision on whether or not to exercise his player option. Kerr said he hoped both Myers and Green would remain with the Warriors, but the organization had much to sort through this summer.

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