Sat. Sep 23rd, 2023

Workforce USA head coach Steve Kerr. –JONAS TERRADO/Inquirer Sports activities

Generations of Filipino hoop followers want no introduction about Workforce USA coach Steve Kerr, recognized for profitable championships as a participant with Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan and because the man giving out directions to Stephen Curry.

And experiencing how basketball-crazy this nation is has made Kerr and the remainder of the American aspect wanting to deliver again to the Fiba World Cup title and respect the ambiance round them.

“It’s enjoyable to be right here,” the Golden State Warriors mentor mentioned earlier than quite a few reporters after america wrapped up its first apply on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Enviornment.

“I’ve recognized about Filipinos’ ardour for basketball for a very long time,” Kerr continued, mentioning in passing USA assistant and former Northern Consolidated participant Chip Engelland. “I’m very conscious of the recognition of the sport and it’s lastly fantastic to come back right here for the primary time.”

Workforce USA could not have the massive stars many had hoped for, however they’re names which can be fairly acquainted to native cage followers.

Even the coaches are often known as properly, outdoors of Filipino-American Erik Spoelstra who’s right here as an assistant. Tyrone Lue is at the moment calling the photographs for the Los Angeles Clippers, however hung out taking part in with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal with the Los Angeles Lakers and Jordan with the Washington Wizards.

Lue additionally steered the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA title, beating Kerr and the Warriors regardless of being down 3-1.

The session was used to assist Workforce USA get accustomed to the venue. The Individuals open the marketing campaign on Saturday in opposition to New Zealand.

“Very useful,” mentioned Kerr. “And I believe the fellows prefer to see the world and really feel the hoops, see the backdrop so it’s good to come back over right here.”

Earlier than apply concluded, some gamers opted to apply their photographs, particularly New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson hitting some free throws and Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards flattening a halfcourt shot.

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