MANILA, Philippines—Whereas some are skeptical in regards to the NBA holding an In-Season Event, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is all in on the competitors.
“We’re very enthusiastic about it. I believe it’s an excellent concept. Tomorrow will probably be enjoyable, with a distinct environment, totally different courts and totally different uniforms. The league is absolutely placing in one thing that will probably be very distinctive and I believe I give the league lots of credit score for that,” mentioned Kerr throughout a latest NBA International Media Zoom interview on the eve of the Warriors’ match opener in opposition to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
“I’m a soccer fan and I comply with Premier League, Champions League and La Liga, I perceive the totally different cups which are performed for. It’s an fascinating idea that the NBA is clearly taking from. It’s an excellent concept and we’ve to present it a attempt to see the way it goes. The format is smart, to should advance out of the pool is an effective way to attempt to create the competitors.”
Kerr’s pleasure appeared to have rubbed off on the remainder of the Warriors after an exhilarating 141-139 victory over the Thunder on the street on Saturday (Manila time).
The champion coach sees the In-Season Event the identical approach because the Play-In, which was launched by the league within the NBA bubble again in 2020 and has been a staple since.
“The Play-In was an excellent success and I believe it’s necessary to be progressive and forward-thinking with the NBA Cup,” mentioned Kerr.
“Like with something, I believe we’ll study so much within the first yr and who is aware of, perhaps there will probably be tweaks however we’ve to undergo with it first and see the way it performs out.”
The Warriors (5-2), who misplaced to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 115-104, on Monday (Manila time), are at the moment third within the Western Convention behind the defending champions Denver Nuggets (6-1) and the Dallas Mavericks (5-1).