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When Nick was three weeks old, Steve was already packing up the condo, traded to Orlando. That was 22 years ago. Today, Nick is a graduate of the University of San Diego, starting on a master’s in public health at Cal this fall. Time disappears like rings of smoke in summer air. “When are you going back to San Diego?” Fraser asked Kerr. “Saturday?” “Maybe Friday,” Kerr replied. “Right after the parade.” “Friday? What about the exit interviews?” Kerr glanced at Steph. “What did you think of the year?” “I thought it was incredible,” the point guard said. “I thought it was incredible too. But you could really be a better shooter. I think you need to work on your shot this summer. Great year. Give me a hug.”
So I asked Kerr: Does winning it all this swiftly change how you can approach your job heading into Seasons 2, 3, 4 and beyond? “It’s funny you say that because as an observer and an analyst for TNT and even as a player, I always felt that when a coach won a championship, it freed him up to be himself,” Kerr told me last week.
“Coaching in the NBA is such a fleeting thing; guys get fired left and right, and so a lot of guys coach out of fear. And they try to hang onto their jobs. “I always felt like the ones who won titles were freed up to just do it their way and to not worry about anything.”
Steve Kerr, who excelled in the triangle as a player with the Bulls and now coaches the Golden State Warriors, said it was difficult to find players who could execute nuanced passing and movement. “Today’s game is so ball dominant,” he said. “Players grow up with the pick-and-roll, so they don’t naturally play without the ball. “So many one-and-done guys are incredibly gifted,” Kerr continued, referring to players who jump to the N.B.A. after a year in college, “but they’re not seasoned fundamentally. In Triangle, they’d be completely lost.”
NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, and revealed that he made a few deals with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “Very good dude. [He] made me a couple promises, and I made a promise to him that if we didn’t win the championship with me coming off the bench I was going to kick his [expletive]. What promise did he make you? That he would get — Steph and myself are big golfers — we would go to Augusta National.”