HoopsHype Steve Kerr rumors

December 8, 2014 Updates

The Warriors will play Monday at Minnesota, which was involved in offseason talks regarding a trade that would have sent Kevin Love as part of a deal in exchange for Golden State guard Klay Thompson. Love ultimately was traded to Cleveland, and with Thompson averaging 21.2 points per game, the Warriors are 17-2. "Ultimately, here we are, and this is what we wanted," Kerr said of Thompson, who rather than being traded was signed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. "This is what we decided on, and it's worked out. "I think that's fair to say we all preferred to keep him. He's here." San Jose Mercury-News

December 7, 2014 Updates

Unlike some of the coaches who came in after Phil Jackson and bragged about ditching that triangle offense. Right, the one that helped win 11 titles? “The key thing I wanted to do was keep going what they’ve done and how good they’ve been,” said Kerr, who reached out individually to every player last summer. “I didn’t want to be the know-it-all-guy who came in and said, ‘We’ve got to change this, we’ve got to change that.’ This thing was already building and the foundation was already set. My whole approach coming in was ,’Let’s take what you have already done and let’s try to keep it moving forward; let’s try to get better.’ You can’t come in and be a know it all. You’ve go to come in and respect what guys have done individually and as a team and find out how can we get better. We have great guys, all very receptive. I found out they were incredibly coachable and willing listeners and good guys. You could feel right away this was a team that would have good chemistry.” NBA.com

“The way I’m coaching is the totality of my experience under a lot of different people,” Kerr said in an interview Friday. “Not just Phil and Pop (his coaches in Chicago and San Antonio, where he was on five title teams). Cotton Fitzsimmons and Lenny Wilkens and Lute Olson; you sort of take a little from each person. But what they all told me was to be yourself. They said you have to be yourself, that players will know if you are trying to do something that is not you. “I like humor, I like keeping things loose,” said Kerr, noted for his wry and sarcastic view of the world. “The thing I took from Pete (Carroll, Seattle NFL coach and a friend) is we do play music during practice at times, which I think is great; gets us going, players like it, puts a bounce in their step. Mostly, I’m just trying to incorporate my own ideas and beliefs into basketball and bonding wise; it’s easy to do when you have guys so willing to embrace and who were blossoming before I got here. And are that good.” NBA.com

"He's unique in the sense that he can look at it from a lot of different angles. From the perspective of a player, from that of a general manager, and now a coach. I think he's prepared well for this. He's one of those guys, I think anything he chooses to do he'll be successful at," Thibodeau said. "He's got a good team, a great staff and he's doing an unbelievable job. "I think the experience of being a general manager served him very, very well. So he had a chance to watch, to look at it from that angle, which is totally different from that of a player. And I think because of what he had to do to survive in the league, I think that's helped him as a player." CSN Chicago

December 6, 2014 Updates

While crediting Jackson for changing the Warriors' culture, Lacob said he didn't think the team "could be great" without removing a coach he characterized as unwilling to hire better assistants and disliked by many in the organization. "Right now, (Kerr) looks great," Lacob said at the Western Association of Venture Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association luncheon Wednesday. Oakland Tribune

December 5, 2014 Updates

While crediting Jackson for changing the Warriors' culture, Lacob said he didn't think the team "could be great" without removing a coach he characterized as unwilling to hire better assistants and disliked by many in the organization. "Right now, (Kerr) looks great," Lacob said at the Western Association of Venture Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association luncheon Wednesday. "I think he will be great. And he did the one big thing that I wanted more than anything else from Mark Jackson he just wouldn't do, in all honesty, which is hire the very best. Carte blanche. Take my wallet. Do whatever it is to get the best assistants there are in the world. Period. End of story. Don't want to hear it. And (Jackson's) answer . . . was, 'Well, I have the best staff.' No you don't. And so with Steve, very, very different." Oakland Tribune

"You can't have a staff underneath you that isn't that good," Lacob said. "And if you're going to get better, you've got to have really good assistants. You've got to have people that can be there to replace you. We all know this from all of our companies. It's . . . Management 101. A lot of people on the outside couldn't understand it when we (fired Jackson)." Oakland Tribune

"Really…talented…players," Kerr told USA TODAY Sports when asked to explain the rare two-fer his team is pulling off so far. "Really, that's what it comes down to. This team was top-five in defense last year; obviously we have a lot of skill on offense, so the focus is to get a little better on offense and maintain on defense. That's what has happened." USA Today Sports

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Do you miss television? Kerr: “I don’t miss Marv Albert at all. Let’s make that clear (laughs). You know, I loved it. I loved my job at TNT. As soon as they fire me I’ll probably be back there. But I think it was the right move at the right time for me. A TV gig allowed me to raise my kids and still be part of the game. Now that my kids are older and pretty much out of the house this is the perfect time for this move. I’m really happy.” Oklahoman

November 21, 2014 Updates

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