HoopsHype Steve Kerr rumors

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Has head coach Steve Kerr talked to you about your role?: “Coach Kerr is actually kind of weird toward me, so I don’t know. He’s a little weird, man. He doesn’t talk to me, at all. No, we’ve spoken. We’re just talking basketball. He’s a smart guy, who knows the game. I think I’m a smart guy, who knows the game. We throw a lot of things around about past basketball when he played, present basketball and the future of the game. We throw all type of things around.” San Francisco Chronicle

The Warriors' Andre Iguodala has never once come off the bench in his 10-year NBA career, but coach Steve Kerr is open to the idea of having the forward do so this season. Kerr likes Iguodala in the point-forward role, especially while the team is missing Shaun Livingston and looking for a ball-handler for when Stephen Curry is not on the court. So the coach had Iguodala come off the bench in Sunday's blowout exhibition win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Oakland Tribune

Iguodala, who played wearing a mask over a broken nose, responded to being replaced by Harrison Barnes in the starting lineup by racking up eight assists without committing a turnover. "It's just growing up, being smart about the situation," Iguodala said Tuesday. "You could do the opposite and kind of just tank it just to say that it's wrong. But like I said, our whole focus with this team is to try to continue to improve and make the most out of our unit, and we have so much depth, there are opportunities for us to get where everybody wants to be." Oakland Tribune

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Did you have to make a Knicks-or-Warriors decision? Kerr: Yes. NBA.com: What did that come down to? Kerr: Everything I just referenced. New York was very intriguing, especially my relationship with Phil and the opportunity he was presenting me, and the Knicks, the franchise itself and the history. But it would have been a really, really difficult situation in terms of the family and being all the way across the country. I just felt better suited to work with these guys here, this younger roster with a more established core. It just felt more comfortable. NBA.com

Do you second-guess yourself? Do you regret the way you handled it — saying yes, committing to it before things had really been worked out? Kerr: A little bit. It’s a human thing. Phil couldn’t have been better when I told him I was going to go Golden State. NBA.com: He didn’t feel burned? Kerr: Not at all. Because he understood. In fact, he said, “If you had come here and regretted it, it would have been the worst thing for both of us.” That’s why Phil’s Phil. He understands people. In hindsight, it probably would have been best not committing, not saying anything, just saying, “Look, I need to talk to Golden State.” But the timing was an issue on both ends. It was very tricky. Anyway, it all worked out. I think the Knicks ended up with a great coach and Derek (Fisher) and Phil will do well together and I’m happy to be here with (general manager) Bob (Myers) and the team. NBA.com

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Warriors reserve guard Shaun Livingston has said he’s ahead of schedule with his recovery from offseason toe surgery, but coach Steve Kerr still expects him to miss the start of the season. That’s because Livingston, who remains in a walking boot, will need time to get back into game shape after a lengthy time away from the court, according to Kerr. The 29-year-old originally sprained his right big toe in April and played through it in the playoffs. “That was back in May, and (he) has not really been running on the floor since,” Kerr told KNBR on Thursday. “So he’s doing much better. The toe is healed. But he needs a few weeks on the court running and getting his conditioning and his strength and his timing before he’s really ready to get into a game. So I anticipate he’s going to miss a couple of weeks of the regular season, but we’ll see how it goes.” Contra Costa Times

September 24, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson: One of the discussion points that came up was as to what type of team you’re thinking about that could be very effective in the triangle, and he said, “Golden State Warriors.” And I said, “Oh that’s interesting, Mark Jackson’s there.” … And he said, “Yeah, I know.” But he said, “If that job was available, that would be kind of the perfect job for a triangle.” New York Post

Phil Jackson: Well, once that job became available — I knew that he had a daughter at Cal, great volleyball player — and it really wasn’t more about that than about anything else. And so, even though he committed to me, I knew that the day that they fired Mark that that was where he was gonna be pursued. [former Jets general manager Mike] Tannenbaum facilitated that, and that was OK with me, because I want [Kerr] to be happy in what he does. And I think probably Derek’s the right choice for this job, so I have no qualms, no problem with it at all, and I’m thankful that Jim wanted to bend. But I think I had to make a statement about what I wanted to pay a coach. New York Post

September 21, 2014 Updates

It was great to see Klay Thompson and Steph Curry playing for Team USA. ... I would imagine having Thompson selected to that team, and having (Mike) Krzyzewski and the other coaches talk about how good he is at both ends of the floor, really quieted a lot of us who thought the Warriors should have gone after Kevin Love. Do you feel that way? Kerr: No. I don’t really care about what anybody says about that. I only care about our own players — I don’t worry about speculation or what could’ve or what should’ve (happened) or anything like that. I just worry about our own guys and what we’re going to do. I do know this — if we can keep Steph and Klay together here, we have a chance to have one of the best backcourts in the NBA for many years to come. San Francisco Chronicle

September 17, 2014 Updates

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that while Danny Ferry made a mistake with comments that caused the Atlanta general manager to take a leave of absence while embroiled a racial firestorm, Kerr was supportive of his former teammate. “He’s a man of high character, I can tell you that,” Kerr said. “And I feel for him. He did make a mistake. It was a very poor choice of expression. It’s a difficult issue, but it’s one that needs to be discussed.” Contra Costa Times

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