Barbosa, who performed 14 years within the league, and most lately was enjoying professionally in Brazil earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic minimize his workforce’s season brief, received a championship with the Warriors in 2014-15 and is happy to be reunited with Kerr and several other of his former teammates.
“He is been my coach, after I was right here he additionally was my good friend,” Barbosa stated of Kerr throughout a Monday convention name with reporters. “We had a extremely shut relationship when he was a GM for the Phoenix Suns, so each infrequently we used to speak. And he talked about to me what I need to do after I performed and I all the time instructed him that I wished to be an assistant coach, not a head coach, however be capable of discuss to the gamers, form of educate them, I feel I am form of good at that. He gave me the chance and I talked to the household, my spouse, and he or she stated, “Sure, let’s do it.”
Former Warriors guard Shaun Livingston may also be part of GM Bob Myers employees as director of workforce affairs and participant engagement, a league supply confirmed Monday night time. The Athletic earlier reported the information of Livingston’s addition to the employees.
Livingston, 35, spent 5 seasons with the Warriors and received three NBA championships earlier than retiring earlier than final season. A proper announcement by the workforce is anticipated Tuesday.
Barbosa, 37, stated he has saved in contact with Kerr through texts, however talks acquired extra critical within the final week after Barbosa determined to retire from enjoying and transition into teaching. His new position will embody sitting on the “again of the bench” throughout video games, but in addition figuring out with gamers throughout follow and instructing them off-the-court classes as nicely.
Barbosa praised former teammate and new Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash as somebody who helped with classes on and off the ground.
“I will likely be on the court docket, on the follow facility,” Barbosa stated. “I additionally will likely be training with the blokes as a result of I am succesful, I am nonetheless in form … I will likely be speaking to the gamers, all of the expertise that I’ve through the years that I play on the NBA [stage], I feel I’ve an opportunity to speak to them and make them perceive what this enterprise is all about.”
For Barbosa, the brand new chapter comes after some emotional ups and downs over the previous 12 months, which included him and his spouse testing constructive for COVID-19.
“After we had that, it was [a] loopy time,” Barbosa stated. “Particularly for me, as a result of I did not realize it was that dangerous after I acquired the virus. I am glad I had anyone that might take of me and discuss to the docs as a result of I could not combat. I did not have the ability to combat towards this virus.”
Now wholesome and recovered, Barbosa admitted that he was “unhappy” to be leaving his house nation of Brazil to come back again to the USA within the midst of the pandemic, however he was wanting ahead to when issues have been again to regular sooner or later.
“As quickly as I acquired to San Francisco, I acquired actually upset as a result of town would not seem like it used to after I was right here,” Barbosa stated. “So I used to be actually upset. In Brazil it is a little bit bit regular, the scenario, so that you see extra folks, you see folks go to the eating places, doing stuff, and right here it isn’t the identical. … Every part will likely be again to regular, however it was powerful, and now I acquired this chance to be again and work with the Warriors, it is only a pleasure.”
One of many issues that led Barbosa again to the States, however particularly to the Warriors, was the truth that he feels the group’s tradition is “completely totally different” than wherever he performed throughout his skilled profession.
“I really feel right here like I by no means really feel wherever [else],” Barbosa stated. “I felt for a minute in Phoenix after which the group modified and it went to a special approach. Right here with the Warriors I really feel like I am [a member of] the household. Everyone is near me. … If in case you have a superb group, you will have a superb workforce, you will have good issues taking place on the court docket.”
As for the opportunity of enjoying a task on Brazil’s nationwide workforce if and when subsequent summer season’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics happen, Barbosa was noncommittal a couple of determination and desires to first see how the following few months shake out.
“It is too early for me to consider that,” Barbosa stated. “I haven’t got no invitation but. It was a shock to lots of people in Brazil that I retired … nobody had an concept that I used to be going to get this job, this chance and retire myself. Lots of people suppose that I ought to have saved enjoying however on the finish, it is an incredible alternative. So I do not know … we’ll see what occurs [over the next few months] and we’ll go from there.”