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Kuminga's Bold Comment On Steve Kerr has NBA Fans Reacting On Social Media

Published January 5, 2024 at 2:41 PM

Golden State Warriors rising star, Jonathan Kuminga, reportedly doubts that playing under coach Steve Kerr will help him reach his full potential. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Kuminga, aged 21, has lost faith in Kerr, especially after being benched for the final 18 minutes in the recent game against the Denver Nuggets.

Game-Changing Decision in Denver

In the crucial matchup against the Denver Nuggets, Kuminga, despite a strong performance, found himself on the bench during the game's decisive moments. Denver, trailing by 18 points in the final quarter, orchestrated a comeback, securing the win with a buzzer-beating three by Nikola Jokic. A source close to Kuminga revealed to Charania,
"(Thursday night) was the straw that broke the camel's back."

Stats Speak Louder Than Words

Kuminga, starting the game, contributed significantly with 16 points, four rebounds, and four assists in just 19 minutes. Kerr acknowledged Kuminga's performance, stating,
"(Kuminga) was playing great."
However, the decision to stick with the current lineup instead of bringing Kuminga back in raised eyebrows.

Coach Kerr's Perspective

Defending his decision, Kerr mentioned,
"His normal time to go back in would have been around the five-, six-minute mark (of the fourth). (Andrew Wiggins) was playing great, we were rolling, were up 18, 19, whatever it was. So we just stayed with him."
Kerr expressed the difficulty in reintegrating Kuminga after an extended period on the bench.

Kuminga's Season Evolution

Kuminga started the season as a reserve but secured a permanent spot in the starting lineup on Dec. 14 against the Los Angeles Clippers. In 12 starts, he boasts impressive averages of 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists with a remarkable 64.5 true-shooting percentage. This is a significant improvement compared to his bench performances, where he averaged 11.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 0.9 assists with a 53.8 true-shooting percentage in 21 appearances.

The Score
January 5   |   31 answers
Kuminga's Bold Comment On Steve Kerr has NBA Fans Reacting On Social Media

Do you believe Steve Kerr's coaching is hindering Jonathan Kuminga's full potential with the Golden State Warriors?

Yes2064.5 %
No1135.5 %
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