NBA coaching sources say there is unquestioned mutual interest between Thibodeau and the Pelicans, with Thibs naturally said to be very intrigued by the possibility of coaching Davis full-time after working with him last summer as a Team USA assistant alongside Williams under Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.
October 23, 2017 | 5:57 pm EDT Update
The horrific and the humanity and the humor all have molded Steve Kerr, at 52, into what and where he is today, a coach atop a leviathan, the irresistible force and the immovable object. His Warriors are the biggest favorites to repeat since Grandmaster Flash started scratching. And, rather than making the media an enemy — the MO of seemingly every Power Five football coach in America — or denouncing original thoughts or statements by his players as “distractions,” Kerr not only embraces both, but says what he actually thinks about what’s happening in the world, too. “I think some people probably think I spend all my time studying politics, and I don’t,” he said last week. “I spend most of my time watching basketball and planning practice for the next day and thinking about the game. That’s my true passion. But I do read a lot about politics and I follow what’s going on, and I’m worried. I’m worried about our country. That’s really the gist of my feeling comfortable about speaking out.”
And in the process, Myers and Kerr have become closer friends than either thought possible when Kerr took the job in 2014. “The thing that attracts people to Steve is he’s very gracious,” Myers said. “It’s not about Steve; it’s about the players. And I think maybe, that’s who he is; you can say that’s just who he is. He’s learned compassion from what he’s gone through in his life. And also, he’s played in and won five championships. So he’s not chasing the Holy Grail of a championship; he wants it for these players. He’s done it five times (as a player). So I think players, more than anybody else, can feel when a coach makes it about them as opposed to him. And I think that’s when you have people following a coach, when they believe, you know what? He’s just trying to help us win a championship. That’s his whole agenda. And Steve, on those two fronts, has been pretty unbelievable.”
“His choices were always made for him, based on his playing. That was what he was going to do until he finished,” said Warriors assistant Bruce Fraser, who’s known Kerr since their days at Arizona playing under Lute Olsen — and whose nickname, “Q” — short for “Question Man” — came from Kerr. “I don’t think that he always said ‘I’m going to be a coach,’ but we talked about coaching,” Fraser said. “When he first went into the NBA with the Suns, his first year (1988), he wasn’t playing much, and he started saying ‘I’d rather be where you are.’ And I was a grad assistant (at Arizona). And I was saying, ‘I’d rather be where you are — playing.”