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Steve Kerr sheds light on reason Kenny Atkinson turned down Hornets

Kenny Atkinson in a suit

Oct 27, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson during the game between the Nets and the Grizzlies at the FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson verbally agreed to a multi-year deal to become the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets last week, but he had a change of heart. Steve Kerr has provided some more context behind his assistant’s decision.

There have been reports that Atkinson backed out of the Hornets job for family reasons. Kerr spoke about the situation during the Warriors’ championship parade on Monday, and he mentioned how Atkinson’s kids wanted to stay in San Francisco.

“We’re in a great place. We’ve got great players. We live in a beautiful part of the country. Kenny’s got two kids, teenagers, who really wanted to stay,” Kerr said. “It’s a really difficult thing to try to take a job in the middle of the Finals without really getting a chance to unwind. I think over the course of the Finals he just felt like this is not the best time for my family and me to leave.”

Many have said the family angle makes no sense, as that is something Atkinson surely would have taken into account before he told the Hornets he was in. Kerr implied that Atkinson did not have an opportunity to give the decision enough thought because Golden State was trying to win a championship.

It is certainly unusual for an NBA coach to agree to become a head coach and then change his mind to remain an assistant. If you’re going to do that, however, Golden State might as well be the place.

Draymond Green trolled Celtics during Warriors’ parade

Draymond Green trolls Celtics fans

Draymond Green did not appreciate the treatment he received from Boston Celtics fans during the NBA Finals, and he wanted them to know he did not forget about them during the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade on Tuesday.

Green hung a ‘Boston Sucks’ shirt over the side of the bus he was riding on during the parade. It’s unclear if he got it from a fan or brought it with him, but it was proudly displayed.

Green played poorly during most of the NBA Finals, and it seemed like Celtics fans were in his head. He complained about the way they taunted him with profane chants, which is a bit hypocritical since he cursed numerous times during the parade on Tuesday. Green also called Celtics fans “obnoxious” and compared them to one other fan base.

Green and the Warriors got the last laugh, and Draymond was more than happy to rub it in to Celtics Nation.

Steve Kerr had savage quote on shirt at Warriors’ parade

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

Stephen Curry has made a career of hitting shots that break the will of his opponents late in games, and he had the perfect way to celebrate moments like that during the 2022 postseason. Steve Kerr played off of that during the Golden State Warriors’ latest championship parade.

Kerr showed up to Golden State’s championship parade on Monday wearing a shirt that said “Night. Night.” across the front.

Curry went viral for the “night night” celebration during the playoffs. It really gained attention after he hit a dagger 3-pointer in the Warriors come-from-behind win against the Dallas Mavericks. You can see the video here.

Kerr and Curry also posed for a photo together at the parade doing the “night night” gesture.

Even after winning multiple titles, Curry admitted he is still very much motivated by his critics. Kerr clearly loves every second of it.

Warriors fan went to great lengths to call Stephen Curry the GOAT

Steph Curry points to his finger

The Golden State Warriors held yet another championship parade on Monday, and there was a goat in attendance. Yes, Stephen Curry was there, but so was an actual goat. And that goat wore a Curry jersey.

One fan at the Warriors’ parade in San Francisco brought a pet goat and dressed it in a Curry jersey. That, obviously, was the fan’s extremely over-the-top way of calling Curry the greatest of all time.

The last time we saw something like that was in a much different setting, but the message was the same.

Curry will probably never be considered the greatest basketball player of all time, but he now has four NBA titles, two league MVPs and an NBA Finals MVP. Even Shaq thinks Curry is worthy of being in the discussion.

Draymond Green’s Game 7 tweet goes viral

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors wrapped up the NBA Finals in six games, but that didn’t stop Draymond Green from making a joke about Game 7.

Game 7 of the NBA Finals, had the Celtics won Thursday, would’ve been scheduled for Sunday. On Sunday, Green jokingly said on social media that he was preparing for the non-existent winner-take-all contest.

“Getting ready for Game 7 tonight,” Green wrote on Twitter. “Happy Fatherโ€™s Day.”

Green’s tweet was just the latest example of his outspokenness following the Warriors’ fourth championship in the last eight years. He’s been involved in a Twitter feud with Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant over the past few days. Morant claimed that the Grizzlies occupy real estate in the Warriors’ minds after Klay Thompson called out Memphis’ Jaren Jackson Jr. for a tweet Jackson wrote during the regular season. Green responded, saying that the Warriors were only concerned with Boston real estate after winning the NBA title at TD Garden. Morant then replied that he wants the Warriors to come to Memphis for a Christmas Day matchup next season.

While the NBA season is now over, it doesn’t seem like Green will stop trolling his and the Warriors’ critics anytime soon. If the trash talk between the two teams continues into next season, it will make their first matchup — whether on Christmas Day or beforehand — must-see television.

Funny photo of Andrew Wiggins celebrating title goes viral

Andrew Wiggins shooting the ball

February 23, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Andrew Wiggins (22) warms up before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Wiggins definitely appears to be making the most of his first title.

A hilarious photo of the Golden State Warriors star Wiggins went viral this weekend. Klay Thompson had posted a celebration picture with Warriors teammates Wiggins and Juan Toscano-Anderson to his Instagram Story. In the picture, Wiggins looked extremely run down, perhaps from celebrating too hard.

Here were some of the funniest reactions to the Wiggins photo.

Wiggins has certainly earned the right to party hard. He was arguably the Warriors’ second-most important player (behind Steph Curry) during the Finals, posting 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game over the six contests while also playing some A+ defense on Jayson Tatum. Golden State likely does not have a championship to celebrate right now without Wiggins.

Granted, the Warriors won the title on Thursday, that picture was posted on Saturday, and the team’s parade is not until Monday. That means Wiggins still has a bit more energy to save for the next couple days. But considering his up-in-the-air future heading into the offseason, Wiggins is celebrating exactly how he should be celebrating right now.

Rival team could sign away crucial Warriors player?

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

The Golden State Warriors may have to be wary of a team in their own division this offseason.

Veteran NBA writer Marc Stein reported this week in a post to Substack that the Sacramento Kings are among the teams said to be interested in signing Warriors big man Kevon Looney. Stein also mentions the Charlotte Hornets as a team with potential interest.

The 26-year-old Looney does not quite pop out in the stat sheet with modest averages of 6.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this year. But he remains one of Golden State’s most important players because of his multi-purpose defense and hard work on the glass on both ends. Looney has now played a crucial role on three of the Warriors’ title teams, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr even admitted recently that he erred by not playing Looney enough.

The Kings do figure to be a non-insignificant threat to sign Looney though. Located less than 100 miles away, the Kings won’t be too much of a lifestyle change for him, and they are also going to be coached by longtime Warriors assistant Mike Brown starting next season. While Sacramento might not be contending for a title any time this millennium, that may be less important for Looney than money and touches since he already has three rings.

Once they have come down from their championship high, the Warriors will have some major things to consider this summer, perhaps even the trade of a core player. But they might also have to ward away the vultures when it comes to the unrestricted free agent Looney.

Draymond Green responds to Ja Morant’s ‘real estate’ tweet

Draymond Green being interviewed

The NBA season may be over, but there could be a budding rivalry growing between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies.

After the Warriors won the NBA championship on Thursday, Klay Thompson called out Memphis’ Jaren Jackson Jr. for a tweet sent during the regular season (video here). Grizzlies reporter KJ Wright responded Friday to Thompson’s comment, saying that the Grizzlies were โ€œreally out here living rent free” in the heads of the Warriors. Morant agreed, adding that the Grizzlies likely had “a lot of real estate” in the Warriors’ minds.

Draymond Green rarely misses an opportunity to take a shot at opponents, and he took to Twitter Saturday to respond to Morant.

“We traded that real estate in @JaMorant the property value was higher in Boston,” Green wrote.

Green’s retort may have closed the book on this brief Twitter spat. Morant and the Grizzlies can argue about how much space they occupy in the Warriors’ minds, but the Warriors have the ultimate response. They are NBA champions and eliminated the Grizzlies in the second round on their way to winning their fourth title in eight years.

Warriors acknowledge popular fan theory about their title victories

Draymond Green on the court

May 24, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in game four of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors are throwing the Internet a bone after their latest NBA championship win.

Warriors star Draymond Green took some time this week to acknowledge a popular online theory about the team’s title victories. The theory, which had circulated during the earlier rounds of the playoffs, suggested that Golden State wins the championship in every year that rapper Kendrick Lamar releases a new album.

Lamar dropped “To Pimp A Butterfly” in 2015 followed by “Damn” in 2017, “Black Panther: The Album” in 2018, and his latest project “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” just last month. The Warriors went on to win the title in every single one of those years.

Green shouted out the theory in a tweet on Friday and requested that Lamar release another album in 2023.

Granted, there are a few holes in the theory. For one, it does not account for Lamar’s albums “Section.80” (which was released in 2011) and “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” (2012). For another, the theory includes “Black Panther: The Album,” a movie soundtrack that features other artists besides Lamar, but excludes Lamar’s 2016 solo compilation album “Untitled, Unmastered.”

Nevertheless, Green and the Warriors are happy to show love to Lamar for any role that he may have played in helping them win it all this year. In fact, Lamar is so popular in NBA circles that even Hall of Fame coaches dig him.

Warriors owner throws shade at Timberwolves

Joe Lacob smiling

April 28, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob smiles against the Denver Nuggets during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Following their NBA Championship win on Thursday night, Golden State Warriors players and coaches began to spray venom in every direction. Anyone they felt had wronged them was a target. Even those who didn’t found themselves in the crosshairs, including the Minnesota Timberwolves who received a roundabout tongue-lashing from Joe Lacob.

Discussing the impact of Andrew Wiggins, who was acquired from Minnesota in a 2020 trade, Lacob implied that all it took to unlock his talent was a better culture.

“I’ve said that from Day 1, and Steve Kerr said the same thing. He’s a prototypical wing who just played for a not-so-good team, didn’t get perhaps the best culture,” Lacob said, via The Athletic. “We thought if you put him in our situation, he could be great. He didn’t have to be 1A. You saw what he did in these playoffs. He was really, really great.”

Wiggins averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds throughout the playoffs and proved to be exactly what the doctor ordered for Golden State. Over the last three Finals games, Wiggins brought down 35 rebounds. He was a rock.

As the team celebrated on the court following their win, Lacob was even caught on camera telling Wiggins, “I’m so proud of you.”

Despite Lacob’s praise of Wiggins and his Timberwolves slight, he stopped short of saying they’d extend the contract of the 27-year-old.

“Youโ€™ll have to see what we do,” Lacob said. “We got the draft and free agency coming up. Weโ€™ll form our team for next year after a lot of discussion the next couple weeks.”

Whatever the Warriors ultimately decide to do, there’s no denying they got more out of Wiggins than the Timberwolves had prior.