Anthony Edwards: Steve Kerr’s Predraft Workout Criticism Helped Me Take ‘Next Step’

The Golden State Warriors didn’t have the opportunity to select Anthony Edwards with the No. 2 pick of the 2020 NBA draft because the Minnesota Timberwolves took him with the first pick, but his interaction with Golden State head coach Steve Kerr is still paying off for him.

In an interview on Jake’s Takes, Edwards said his inability to complete a drill Kerr asked him to do during a predraft workout led to a different mindset:

“I couldn’t do it. I’m too tired. I’m like, man, this s–t too much. But I’m not saying it, so I’m just jogging. And after the workout, Steve comes to me like, ‘You can’t go any faster?’ I’m like, ‘I thought I was going pretty fast.’ He was like, he was like, ‘Nah, do it again.’ So I did it again. I’m going fast, I’m going fast. He stops me and like, ‘You can’t go faster than that?'”

Edwards then shared what Kerr told him:

“‘If we gon’ draft you at No. 2, you gotta be a hard worker. Like, you ain’t working hard enough.’ And I think, I think that was a stumble in the road for me. And I looked at it like, I called my trainer afterwards and was like, ‘Ay bro, we gotta change, we gotta change it up.’ … Steve Kerr told me how Steph and KD used to work out super hard. It might not be long, but it’s super hard when they in there. Ever since then is when I feel like I took that next step.”

Author: Lucy Green