‘It’s Really a Shame’- Warriors’ Steve Kerr Distraught After Losing Yet Another Player to Injury

Published 01/04/2021, 2:22 PM EST
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks to the media as the Golden State Warriors prepare to take on the Houston Rockets in game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Ca., on Sat. May 26, 2018. (Photo by Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


The Golden State Warriors have a lot of young talent fused in the team, and Serbian sensation Alen Smailagic is one of them. However, the sophomore forward can’t play with the team for a few more weeks due to a torn meniscus, which is unfortunate news for the Dubs.

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Smailagic, a 6’10” forward, was picked by the New Orleans Pelicans in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft but was later traded to the Warriors.

The talented Serbian spent his rookie year splitting time between the G-League and the Warriors’ roster, but his sophomore year has suffered an early blow as Smailagic has to undergo surgery to recover from the injury. 

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Steve Kerr gives an honest opinion about Alen Smailagic’s injury

Steve Kerr sees the quality in a player like Smailagic and is indeed devastated about his injury news. The Warriors’ Head Coach recently registered his comments on the Serbian requiring surgery to fix his torn right meniscus.

“I feel so bad for Smiley. He’s been a victim of the pandemic in terms of not getting the work that he needs. And now getting injured — it’s really a shame. We’ve gotta get him some playing time,” Kerr said

Kerr’s really upset about Smailagic’s injury for a very particular reason. As a rookie, the Serbian played just 14 games and averaged only 9.9 minutes a game. He couldn’t create much of an impact, but the big man did shoot 50.0% from the field. 

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Kerr envisions Smailagic as a good fit for the Warriors

Of course, Alen Smailagic is not yet well equipped in the league, after having played just 14 games. He was touted for a good sophomore year, but the surgery and rehab will keep him out for multiple weeks as per reports. 

The Serbian was also in the news during the 2020 offseason, as Steve Kerr revealed how a player like Smailagic can thrive in the NBA. 

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“Well, Smiley is still so young, we’re just trying to help him develop. He has to have a picture in his mind of how he can fit in the NBA. I think that’s as a pick and pop shooter offensively,” mentioned Steve Kerr. 

The Warriors won’t be too affected by the Serbian’s absence, but in Smailagic’s case, an injury early on in the season will undoubtedly be frustrating. He’s expected to get back in a few weeks, after which he still has a chance to prove his worth.

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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