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Kerr is there in Walton’s ear almost every step of the way, making the most of a connection that he knew would be important here. “We’re talking normally a couple times a day now,” Walton said of Kerr, who is still unsure when he’ll return. “And if it’s a home game, we talk at halftime, we talk pregame, we talk at shootarounds. It’s getting more and more.”
“I’m having fun, but Steve deserves to be doing this right now,” he said. “I can’t wait for him to get back — for him. He deserves this. He put this thing together. He loves doing it, and it’s killing him not being here. So as much as I’m enjoying it, I’m looking forward to being able to watch Steve get back to his normal life.”
Said Warriors general manager Bob Myers of Kerr and Walton: “They have equity in the relationship. They knew each other before, there’s the whole (University of) Arizona mafia deal (both men played there). So I think it’s a bonus, but a very important bonus, that they interact in a very healthy way.”
Kerr has a habit of giving real responsibilities to his support staff, trusting assistant coaches, player development guys and video coordinators more than your typical NBA head coach. That belief system was on display for all to see during the NBA Finals in June, when Kerr gave public credit to 28-year-old special assistant Nick U’Ren for the series-altering decision to put Andre Iguodala in the starting lineup.
So, what are your initial thoughts on this very realistic matchup? Kerr: My initial thoughts are that it is literally impossible to even compare, because the rules are so different and the eras are so different. We would overload the strong side on [Michael] Jordan, and they would call illegal defense; and they would put their hands all over [Stephen] Curry, and the refs would call a foul. That make sense?