Steve Kerr has replaced James Wiseman in the Golden State Warriors’ starting lineup with Kevon Looney.
Kerr hopes the move will improve the unit’s defense.
“Basically, you guys have heard me all year trying to establish ourselves as a defensive team and the last two games have been really disappointing defensively, particularly right out of the gate, first quarter,” Kerr said during a pregame video conference with reporters. “We gave up 41 to the Knicks I think and 38 to Utah. So I’m going to go with my veteran center, my veteran group together. That group happens to be our best defensive five on the season, that combination. So the hope is we can get off to a better start.”
Kerr said Wiseman handled the benching “perfectly” when he told the rookie about the move earlier Monday.
“He understands this is not a demotion by any means. It’s simply a part of his development,” Kerr said. “And as I’ve said to you guys many times, we’ve got a lot of moving parts. We’re trying to develop young players and be a playoff team, be a contender, and we’re trying to do all that at once.
“And so part of that process is going to include occasional changes to lineups, combinations, whatever that means and I’m very confident that this ultimately will be a good part of James’ development. He’s still going to play, but it gives him a slightly different role, and a different way to look at the game and it all goes forward.”