• Kerr wants Curry and Wiggins to blend in
  • Kerr preparing for the future with their remaining games this season
  • Kerr is taking big risk if Curry plays this season

With the 2019-20 NBA season lost for the Golden State Warriors, most feel that it would be in their best interest to hold off any Stephen Curry return to next season. However, it appears that head coach Steve Kerr has no plans of doing so. In fact, the NBA champion coach reveals why he wants the two-time NBA MVP back by the second half of the current season despite the risks.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported how Kerr wanted Curry back because it was important for the three-time NBA champion and former top pick Andrew Wiggins to blend in. There are only a few left from the Dubs championship team and building new chemistry is a need. From the way Kerr sounded, it appears Wiggins will be in the Bay Area for quite some time.

"For a guy who’s so skilled and talented, this has still been a team effort over the years. He’s been blessed with some of the smartest and most talented players in the league. It’s going to be different for him. It’s important for him to feel the difference. It’s been different for us. Steph needs to feel that for himself,” Kerr said.

Curry remains out after suffering a broken hand last November in a loss to the Phoenix Suns. The timeline of his return was pegged at three-months and that could very well happen in March. But as mentioned in a previous post, the viability of playing Curry for the rest of the season was questioned. With the Warriors out of it, allowing the 31-year-old to sit out and fully recover was seen as the plausible alternative.

But then again, that was before Wiggins got into the picture. Also, the Dubs are undermanned. Curry could return but it may be best to do so under managed minutes. With a cellar-dwelling 12-43 win-loss record over at the NBA Western Conference, the best Kerr can do right now is an experiment on future combos on the floor. And from the looks of it, that is what the veteran NBA mentor has in mind.

Things are expected to be different next NBA season when Curry, Green, and Wiggins return with Klay Thompson. Player exits and injuries have been the woeful story for the three-time NBA champions. However, things are expected to turn around by the 2020-21 season.

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a play against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Feb. 25, 2019. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images