Steve Kerr on Joe Lacob: First of all, I loved Kirk Lacob’s comment the next day. He said, well, my dad is our Draymond. I think he mentioned, he said Bob and Steve and Rick are like Steph and Klay. My dad is Draymond. You just said it–the energy and enthusiasm and the confidence that Joe brought to this franchise five years ago helped us get where we are now.
Kerr: Joe has told Bob and me as long as Bob and I are aligned he’s never going to overrule us. He’s hired us for a reason. He lets us do our jobs. And Joe is very involved in the process in a very effective way, just as Jerry West is. But there’s kind of an understanding that we’re building something special. He has hired us for a reason. We are the experts in our respective jobs–Bob in terms of building the roster, me in terms of coaching the guys. And Joe doesn’t want to interfere at all with that.
Mike D’Antoni’s candidacy for the Houston Rockets’ coaching job is gaining momentum, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN on Wednesday that D’Antoni has emerged as a leading candidate for the post, having impressed Rockets owner Leslie Alexander in multiple conversations since the search began. Alexander vowed to ESPN last month during the playoffs that he would take a more active role in this coaching search than he has in the past.
League sources have told KFBK that Ranadive’s repeated calls to the NBA league office — “telling the league how to do its job better” are being met with “avoidance” and “reluctance” to be returned. Sacramento is mired in a 10-year playoff drought that former Kings player and current VP of basketball operations, Vlade Divac is trying to end. Divac is attempting to restore the franchise to its glory days building around All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
A self-described “irritant,” Ranadive is now on his fourth coach in his three years of ownership. Fired Saturday by the Grizzlies, Joerger replaces the fifth-winningest coach in NBA history in George Karl, who went 33-49 this season and 44-68 overall, in his short tenure in California’s capital city.