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NZ Warriors fire coach Kearney after NRL loss to Souths
SYDNEY (AP) — The New Zealand Warriors have fired coach Stephen Kearney while the players and staff are in long-term camp in Australia competing in the National Rugby League. The Warriors ended Kearney’s 3 1/2-year tenure on Saturday, the morning after a 40-12 loss to South Sydney. It was the Warriors fourth loss in six games in a season interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Warriors chief executive Cameron George said Kearney was informed “we needed to make an immediate change.”“It’s a tough day for all of us. Stephen is extremely professional and has put in a huge amount of effort in the role." George said.
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The Warriors will go into the 2020-21 season with positional needs to shore up their depth if they intend to make a run at the title. If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are healthy next season, the front office will have to mix and match with what they already have filling out the roster.
At their disposal, the Warriors will only have the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts to hand out to unrestricted free agents. So what areas do they need to address the roster?
NBA free agency: Warriors could target these guards for next season
The Warriors could have some interesting options to fill important roles next season.The Warriors will go into the 2020-21 season with positional needs to shore up their depth if they intend to make a run at the title. If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are healthy next season, the front office will have to mix and match with what they already have filling out the roster, with the new additions they can bring in on limited money.
This week we already examinedand that could interest the Warriors. The center position definitely could use another piece as well.
Kevon Looney was supposed to be a major factor in the frontcourt, but injuries derailed his season and unfortunately, there always will be question marks about his durability moving forward.
Marquese Chriss came out of nowhere and blossomed into the guy that might be holding down the starting center spot next season. Alen Smailagic is way too young and raw to be expected to make a major contribution next season, and the Warriors will be reluctant to use Draymond Green at center too much during the regular season. So the team will need at least one more big, preferably of veteran status, to add to their depth.
Warriors bizarrely only NBA team with no pending 2020 free agents .
How did the Warriors up with no pending free agents for this offseason?To say the Warriors had a rough season in 2019-20 is an understatement. The team ended the season with a 15-50 record, and stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson missed almost the entire season with injuries.