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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.”
Leandro Barbosa: I can only thank the confidence and leadership from Steve Kerr and a coaching staff that is first class! You all kept us challenges based on effort, teamwork, intent, focus, flow, energy, execution and being brilliant at all of the little details.#WeAreChampionship #BeepBeep
When Ezeli was injured last season, Jackson and his staff told the healthy players that Ezeli was cheering against them — so that he would look good, according to several team sources. Players confronted Ezeli in a meeting, and he wept at the accusation — which he denied.
Kerr overhauled a team culture that had grown poisonous, for well-documented reasons, under Jackson and his assistants. In his zeal to motivate players, Jackson fostered resentment among them and toward the front office. He fired two assistants, requested Jerry West stay away from practices, and asked a younger front-office official to stop rebounding for players, sources have said.
After the game, rookie coach and champion coach Steve Kerr told ESPN, “I think Miami and San Antonio in many ways already vindicated [Mike D’Antoni’s] style. Their personnel is different, but they both space the floor.” He continued, “What Mike did was change the way the league thought, change the way coaches thought. It’s evolved since then, but what you’re getting is teams like Miami, San Antonio, teams like us that opened up the floor and have the personnel to defend like crazy, too. That’s the key.”
Chase Budinger: Congrats to the Warriors and Coach Steve Kerr in his first year. Knew he would be a great coach. #BearDown #UofA
GSWSTats: Steve Kerr has been part of the three most winningest teams in NBA history: 1995-96 CHI (87 combined wins) 1996-97 CHI (84) 2014-15 GSW (83)
Then once the buzzer sounded, a team that had been so disciplined about keeping the celebrations muted through the regular season and earlier rounds, just went crazy. “It was chaos,” Kerr said. “Pure joy … “I almost forgot just how grueling the stretch is. I mean, two straight months of emotional stress and physical stress. Just the roller coaster ride that you’re on. “There are days when you think, ‘Boy, I don’t know if this is going to happen.’ Then there are days that go better “So you go through that for two months. Yeah, there’s a lot of pent-up energy, and relief, more than anything, in that locker room.”
James was slow to credit the Warriors, instead referencing their good health. Even Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged the Warriors’ good fortune. “To win a title there’s obviously a lot of work, but a lot of luck as well,” he said. “And we had a lot of luck on our side this year.”
Diaw only scored eight points in Game 4, and five in Game 5. But his presence on the floor ignited the Spurs’ offense. He grabbed rebounds, broke down Miami’s defense and started the ball whipping around the perimeter. And the Spurs wore down and then overwhelmed the Heat in Games 4 and 5 — the same thing the Warriors have done to Cleveland. “I thought it was a move that was very aggressive,” Carlisle said of Kerr’s starting lineup change. “But he’s in a situation where he’s learned about his team. They needed pace, they needed quickness, and they needed to use their depth more. He’s learned all year about his team, and he’s got a great staff. My feeling was they were going to play a great game anyway, and when they got down 7-0 you look at it as a coach and go ‘well, they just missed four wide-open shots, and those were shots they weren’t getting before.’ ”
The Warriors haven’t finished the series and James has shown how capable he is of driving Cleveland. But Kerr’s decision to listen to his video guy changed the math, the attitude, the confidence of a team that was looking for help, and got it from its leader. “It just took a lot of (guts) to do it,” Walton said Wednesday, only he didn’t say (guts).
From the start, Myers leaned on West for advice, especially once elevated to GM, replacing Larry Riley. The Warriors’ unique collaborative process evolved, with decisions undertaken by a team consisting of Lacob, Myers, West and assistant GMs Travis Schlenk and Lacob’s older son, Kirk (and, later, coach Steve Kerr). Strong opinions were expected. Disagreement was encouraged. One rival coach calls it, “one of the healthiest organizations in the NBA.”
Kerr debated the lineup change with the Warriors’ coaching staff during a breakfast meeting before deciding to boldly make the move. “I didn’t see the text until this morning,” Kerr said. “I told him I liked it and we debated as a staff what the repercussions would be and what the rotation would look like. It was a great idea.” It also was a gutsy decision by Kerr to go with it. “I don’t think it was that gutsy because they were kicking our ass,” Kerr told Yahoo Sports. “We were running in mud.”