Kerr is a serious coach — he has a pile of busted clipboards to prove it. But he’s also the guy who can laugh in the heat of battle, who will put a friendly hand on the shoulder of a ref, who demands that his players have fun. His personal vibe is in tune with San Diego, where people are serious about kicking back.
The good news: Kerr can still laugh. The laugh is important. It is a vital piece of his personality, it punctuates his speech and puts people around him at ease. For the past two years he has experienced chronic headaches in the wake of back surgery, and he laughs less often. But it’s still there.
The headaches caused him to sit out the first half of the 2015-16 season, and last season he stepped away from coaching for 11 games during the playoffs. While talking and lunching, he occasionally twists his neck, a sign of his still-present discomfort. This is not Kerr’s favorite topic, but: How’s his health?
“It’s all right, it’s all right,” Kerr, 51, says with a shrug. “I’d love to say that I’m all better, but not the case. I’m feeling better, having a good summer, relaxing. But it’s just been an ongoing thing now for two years.”
How confident is he that he’ll be able to coach all season?
“I fully expect to coach all year,” Kerr says in a no-nonsense tone. “That’s my expectation. And for many years to come.”
Sources: Dennis Schröder Available In Trade Talks From Hawks
Atlanta is said to be conflicted about Luka Doncic, and while they do have interest in Trae Young, they likely won’t select him unless they’re able to find a suitable trade. The situation is complicated by Dennis Schröder, who the team has made available in trade talks
He has been difficult for the Hawks to deal due to concerns about his attitude and the $46 million remaining on his contract through 2021.
Source: Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated
76ers to Workout Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith for Second Time
11:00 A.M. Group Workout:
G-F B.J. Johnson (La Salle)
G De’Anthony Melton (USC)
G Tyler Nelson (Fairfield)
G Malik Newman (Kansas)
G Landry Shamet (Wichita State)
G Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech)
1:00 P.M. Workout:
F Kevin Knox (Kentucky)
Source: Philadelphia 76ers
Sources: Jamal Crawford Declines Player Option with Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford has declined his $4.5 million player option for next season and will become a free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Crawford, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, will become one of the top reserve scorers on the open market after facing Monday’s deadline to decide on his option.
In his 18th NBA season, Crawford averaged 10.3 points and 20.7 minutes in 80 contests, marking his 16th consecutive year that he scored in double figures per game. He joined the Timberwolves on a two-year contract last offseason and served as a veteran leader for the franchise’s first playoff season since 2004.
Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports