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Jonathan Kuminga’s offseason work impressed the Warriors and an early report questioning his attitude left Steve Kerr and Bob Myers confused.
On the Aug. 23 episode of “First Take,” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith expressed concern about Kuminga entering his second season and claimed to have been hearing rumors about his lack of control off the court and that he was “changing” the Hero.
Kerr joined The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on the latest episode of “The TK Show” podcast, where he raved about Kuminga’s offseason work and recalled a few teaching moments during his season. rookie where the veterans Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green were held. accountable and how those learning experiences benefited him.
“Well, I think the things you mentioned happened last season,” Kerr said. “That’s all part of being a young guy and that’s a big part of having Andre and Draymond and having these mentors, so that’s really normal. That’s what you want, you want your young guys to go through that and see the commitment it takes to mentor your older guys. And that’s exactly what happened last year.
“JK has had a great summer, he’s done everything we’ve asked of him. He has done some traveling because he played for his national team in the summer, but he is working hard.”
As for the report that questioned Kuminga’s attitude, Kerr was caught off guard by the claims made by Smith, and what he saw from Kuminga over the summer contradicted the rumour.
“I know that weird report came out, I think Stephen A. Smith said something about JK, and honestly, Bob. [Myers] and when that came out, I called each other and asked each other ‘where did that come from?’” said Kerr. “Because it didn’t make any sense, because JK was great, he did everything we asked of him, he worked hard, I like coaching him. He is right where he needs to be and he needs to continue to improve every day. But we’re very happy with his summer and everything he’s committed to.”
Iguodala himself responded to the claim made by Stephen A. and echoed a sentiment similar to that expressed by Kerr.
“My young man, I’m on his head,” Iguodala said in an episode of the “Point Forward” podcast. “He took some licks from Stephen A. I don’t know how warranted they were because from what I heard he was doing what he was supposed to do this summer.”
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Entering his second season, Kuminga has a chance to play a big role with the Warriors and, according to his coach, is progressing well ahead of training camp.
If Kerr and Iguodala reject the claim with almost the same response, Warriors fans should have confidence that Kuminga is progressing as the team had hoped.
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