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Steve Kerr clarifies viral video with Alex Caruso

Steve Kerr in a blue warmup jacket

Mar 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr encourages his players during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Did Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr tamper with Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso back in December?

Following a 119-111 Warriors win, a video emerged of Kerr with his arm Caruso. The two appeared deeply engaged, raising questions about their discussion.

Some were quick to accuse Kerr of tampering, believing he mouthed the words, “I would love to have you, man.”

As it turns out, those were the words that left Kerr’s lips. It’s something he admits, but it’s also something that was very much taken out of context.

When Kerr told Caruso they’d “love to have him,” he wasn’t talking about the Warriors. Rather, the Athletic reports that Kerr was talking about Team USA, which he will coach at the 2023 FIBA World Cup in the Philippines and then again next year at the Summer Olympics.

The Warriors certainly could have found a use for Caruso as well, but they ultimately reacquired Gary Payton II. Still, his stout defense and toughness will be a welcomed addition to Team USA, assuming he does end up on the roster.

For now, it’s unclear if that will happen but in Kerr’s own words, they’d welcome the “Bald Mamba” with open arms.

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