NBA summer league: Why Warriors believe Willie Green will become a head coach

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LAS VEGAS – He stood on the sidelines mostly staying calm through both the Warriors’ success and failures. He talked to players privately and offered an encouraging word. And sometimes he became frustrated with the officials.

All of which captures Steve Kerr’s coaching demeanor. It also describes Willie Green, who has offered a similar temperament as the Warriors’ summer-league head coach.

“It’s extremely fun,” Green said. “I have a lot more respect on what Stevie Kerr goes through because it’s a lot of preparation.”

The Warriors believe Green has prepared well after serving as a Warriors assistant and player development coach for the past two seasons. They like how Green relates to players after cementing a 12-year NBA player as a dependable role player and shooter. They praise his X’s and O’s savvy, and ability to explain that terminology easily. They admire his steady personality.

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Just like with almost anything regarding summer league, the Warriors make little of their 3-0 mark in the inaugural California Classic in Sacramento and 1-2 record in Las Vegas Summer League entering Wednesday’s playoffs game against the Charlotte Hornets. Instead, the Warriors have evaluated snapshots. And those images tell a picture about Green’s readiness patrolling the sidelines in more consequential games.

“He’s a head coach in our league,” said Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser, who has also served as a summer-league assistant. “He has a great pedigree. He has a really good feel. He has an emotional intelligence. He relates to players and he’s learning from one of the best in our business with Steve. He’s in a great position.”

The Warriors sensed he would be in this position after hiring Green in …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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