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Ness signed a short 10-day contract.
The head coach of the Golden State Warriors Development League affiliated team Seth Cooper accepted a telephone interview with NBCS today to talk about the characteristics of the player Lester Kinones and his signing with the home team.
“Shooting is one of the quickest things you can prove yourself,” Cooper said. “In the G League, Leicester is at the top of the scouting reports. If he gets an open shot, you’ll be happy with his success rate.”
A few months ago, Quinnones’ game was characterized by dribbling too much, not seeing the space well and lagging on defensive rotations.
He has a clear feel for the game.
Now, with more room to grow, there are far fewer weaknesses.
“He can continue to get better, he’s a very good defender with the ball,” Cooper said, “I think he can become a better defender, he’s just as focused off the ball as he is with
But there are times when they’re going to be a step behind without the ball. And then when one of his own guys gets the ball, he’s at a disadvantage… He’s really good defensively, really locks down. But I think he can
Another step up in off-ball defense and team defense.”
Based on his shooting alone, Cooper believes Kinones can step on the court and help an NBA team in no time.
The Warriors have invested heavily in their player development over the past few years, and Kinones could be the latest example.
Cooper said over the summer that one of his goals is not just to help his players put up jaw-dropping G League numbers, but to actually be ready to help Golden State.
The team management saw this quality in Kinones, even when he no longer holds a two-way contract, the door of signing is not closed, and the road ahead may become wider and wider.
Asked if Quinnones was part of the Warriors’ long-term plans, Cooper said: “Sure, I mean, I think that’s the problem. I see what he’s capable of, first and foremost as an NBA player.”
The talent, the ability and everything, and secondly he’s a player that can play for the Golden State Warriors. His abilities, like shooting the ball, moving off the ball, creating offense, passing, I think he’ll fit in nicely with the Warriors
. I think he has the ability to do that, and there’s definitely continued upside, and I do think that’s something he can do, and I can see him doing well with the Warriors for the next X years.”
In addition to his shooting skills, Kinones was known in college for his shorts, tattoos and playing air guitar (to rub salt in the wounds of defenders trying to stop him from beyond the arc~) – Kino
Ness has been quiet, even “too cool” at times, wearing sunglasses indoors and dancing on the sidelines during pregame warmups.
Cooper said Quinnones has “good intentions” in everything he does with the team, and that he has an “infectious personality” that lifts the team up in practice and in games, which is what makes Steve Coe
Another quality that has caught the eye of Hall’s coaching staff has also given him more favor within the Warriors.
Coaches can stare at the numbers, but that’s only a small part of what players can do to help their teams.
Whether or not Kinones will play for the Warriors’ games, his opportunities in practice, on the sideline and in the locker room will be invaluable.
His first season with Golden State was a bit of a roller coaster, but his persistence and grit paid off.
“I told him privately, ‘This is just one stop, there’s nothing satisfying about it,’ and knowing him, I know his long-term goals are more than just that,” Cooper said, “so I think it’s
Definitely helps boost his confidence and makes him aware of all the work he does and the way he changes his style and plans, his approach and everything is working, it’s paying off and I think that’s the most important thing
Cooper added: “Another thing about giving him 10 days, I know there are other teams that are interested in him, but at least for now he’s with us.”
In 22 regular-season games in the G League this season, Kinones is averaging 21.2 points while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from 3-point range.
Those numbers don’t even tell the whole story, the G League has a regular season schedule, as well as a showcase tour, so the numbers aren’t complete.
Kinones was named the G League’s Player of the Week on Thursday.
In the week from Feb. 13 to Feb. 26 (local time), he led the G League with 31.0 points per game and scored 42 in the final game in February.