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Jackson did not hesitate to praise Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who replaced Jackson after he was fired last spring. Kerr inherited a 51-31 team and led them to a 67-15 season. "You have to give him a lot of credit," Jackson said. "He has done an outstanding job. In my opinion, the Coach of the Year. He has elevated this basketball team." Oakland Tribune

April 17, 2015 Updates

Especially Charles Barkley, the outspoken TV analyst that continues to perceive the Warriors as a one-dimensional team reliant on making jump shots despite considerable evidence that they also apply superior defense. "I love Charles. I worked with him for eight years," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, referring to his years as a TV analyst. "He's incredible at what he does. He's hilarious. He picks up every bar tab when you're on the road; 28 people from TNT at the bar, and he picks up the tab. He bought me so many beers over the years that whatever Charles wants to say about our team I have no problem with." CSNBayArea.com

April 15, 2015 Updates
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Comedian Chris Rock in a birthday video message to Mark Jackson joked about how the Warriors are playing better now that the race of the head coach is different. “I know what you’re thinking,” Rock said before starting to joke. “You watch the games, and you go, ‘Oh so now Steph Curry’s going to play defense for the white man. Couldn’t play it for the brother. Now he’s like Dennis Rodman.’ “Couldn’t do it for you. Yeah, everybody’s boxing out now. Couldn’t do it for a black man. Ooh, they play some defense for the white man, don’t they? Ooh, they play some good defense for the white man.” Contra Costa Times

To coach Curry is to throw out the book; whatever guiding principles are implemented must be unique to a player who can casually step back into 25-footers. “There's some give and take,” Kerr said. “Obviously [Curry is] so skilled and talented that you give him a lot of rope. Every once in awhile you have to reel him in if if you think that he's trying to do too much or missing something strategically that we're trying to do. You just tell him. He's easy to talk to. I'm really, really lucky to coach a star player who's so willing to accept criticism and respond positively to critiquing.” Sports Illustrated

“We try to approach coaching with the idea that I'm going to present myself totally openly and honestly and communicate with everybody,” Kerr said. “We have a group of guys that's pretty easy to coach so it really hasn't been much of an issue. But I do think because Steph is the best player, the rest of the guys follow his lead. The fact that he lets me get on him in film sessions, criticize him, and urge him to get better allows other guys to understand that they have to accept the same things.” “I respond best when a coach is able to get on me where he's raising his voice, yelling and whatever, because he expects greatness from me—especially when I'm not performing the way I'm supposed to,” Curry said. “I like to have, obviously, a mutual respect, and a guy who can be as consistent as possible with his message. But if I need to be yelled at and refocused, I'm open to that and I usually respond well.” Sports Illustrated

April 5, 2015 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had an animated postgame discussion with Warriors coach Steve Kerr and also spoke with guard Shaun Livingston, who committed a controversial flagrant foul on Dirk Nowitzki in Saturday's 123-110 win. Livingston made contact in Nowitzki's groin area while Nowitzki was backing down his defender late in the third quarter. Nowitzki immediately reacted in discomfort, turning to confront Livingston. Contra Costa Times

April 2, 2015 Updates
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The latest bit of verbal jousting came before the Clippers fell to the Warriors 110-106 on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Rivers, the second-year coach of the Clippers, said he could understand why Draymond Green, who has inflammation in his shins, wasn't playing in the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams. "That was pretty predictable; they didn't want to take the risk of going 2-2 [in the season series] with their regular guys," Rivers said. "You could pretty much predict they weren't going to play everybody." ESPN.com

"Oh, is that right?" Kerr, in his first year as Warriors coach, said with a chuckle when Rivers' quote was relayed to him. "Either that or we have a nine-game lead and a couple guys banged up. Somewhere in there." ESPN.com

March 30, 2015 Updates
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Kerr was asked for his thoughts on the league's hotly contested MVP race entering the final weeks of the regular season. "For the record," Kerr answered with a blank expression, "I would vote for Russell Westbrook." All within earshot froze. Faces frowned. Necks jerked. ESPN.com

Kerr quickly ended the madness before anyone could think to check if anyone had spiked the barbeque sauce on the Warriors' postgame meal spread. The prankster was in full postseason form. "Didn't somebody else just say that?" Kerr said as he lobbed the wisecrack that shattered the silence with laughter. "I'm just kidding. Make sure the sarcasm is noted." ESPN.com

March 27, 2015 Updates

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