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Steve Kerr roasts media for hyping up new ‘death lineup’

Steve Kerr looks on from the sideline

Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors have done a lot of lineup juggling during the playoffs. One lineup that won a lot of fans is the team’s new so-called “death lineup,” though the bubble on that burst some.

Steve Kerr made clear Thursday that he was not the one that hyped up the new “death lineup,” jokingly blaming the media for the fixation on the new five-man unit.

The lineup in question consisted of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green. That much-hyped lineup was dominant in the first-round series against Denver, and Kerr even gave them the start in Game 5 of that series. However, the Memphis Grizzlies have been able to exploit the five-man unit in a way Denver did not.

The Warriors are back to the drawing board again after Gary Payton II’s injury threw another wrench into things. Kerr is a little bit frustrated with things, clearly, and the media has to hear about at least a little bit of it.

Steve Kerr furious with Dillon Brooks over ‘dirty’ flagrant foul

Dillon Brooks hits Gary Payton

Dillon Brooks was ejected minutes into Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals series between his Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night due to a flagrant-2 foul.

Memphis was leading 8-0 just three minutes into Game 2 when Golden State tried for a transition bucket. Draymond Green passed ahead to Gary Payton II, who was heading for a layup. Brooks came by and swatted Payton down to the floor.

Payton hurt his left elbow on the play and was knocked out for the game.

Immediately, the Warriors were furious. Steve Kerr used some profanity, while Klay Thompson called the play “bulls—.”

Then in his interview with TNT’s Jared Greenberg after the first quarter, Kerr said the play was “dirty.”

The Warriors were understandably upset after seeing one of their players get hurt. And the officials determined that was a non-basketball play, which explains the ejection.

Golden State entered Tuesday’s game leading the series 1-0.

Steve Kerr offers solution to NBA’s player rest issue

Steve Kerr looks on from the sideline

NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently expressed concern about the trend of teams resting star players, and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has proposed one potential solution.

Kerr thinks the NBA should consider shortening the season from 82 games to 72. If there were 10 less regular season games, Kerr believes that would lead to players not needing as many days off.

Reducing the number of games would, in theory, make each game matter more. It would also lead to less revenue for the NBA, which would likely mean pay cuts. We doubt players want that, especially since there is no rule in place that prevents them from taking maintenance days.

Silver floated the idea of one major change the NBA could make to combat the player rest issue. The reality is the problem has persisted for years, and there is no easy fix.

Photo: Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Kerr somehow got ejected at halftime of Warriors-Grizzlies game

Steve Kerr getting ejected

Steve Kerr pulled the NBA game equivalent of getting fired on your day off on Monday.

The Golden State Warriors coach got ejected from his team’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies … at halftime. It was a ghastly half for the reeling Warriors, who fell behind 63-37 and shot just 27 percent from the floor.

After the halftime buzzer sounded, Kerr, who was apparently upset about a missed goaltend call late in the half, went after referee Brett Nansel. Kerr was promptly assessed two technical fouls and tossed from the game. The veteran coach also had some words for referee JB DeRosa before exiting.

Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown took over for the rest of the contest. Since the ejection occurred at halftime, the Grizzlies got two free throws to open the third quarter (one for each technical foul that Kerr got).

Kerr may have just been trying anything to fire up his demoralized Warriors, who entered the game just 1-5 since Steph Curry suffered a foot injury. But it did not work as Golden State instead went down even further, falling behind by 30 at one point in the third quarter. Still, this is probably the most irate we have seen Kerr since this ejection of his from a couple of seasons ago.

Steve Kerr shares his pick for NBA MVP

Steve Kerr on the sideline

Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors lost to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, and that was all Kerr needed to determine his NBA MVP vote.

The Nuggets beat the Warriors 131-124, getting 32 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists from Nikola Jokic. The triple-double was the second in a row for Jokic.

The big game prompted the Kerr to say that Jokic is his pick for NBA MVP.

That’s pretty notable considering one of Kerr’s players, Steph Curry, has also been in consideration for the award. But the betting favorite is Joel Embiid, with Jokic behind him according to most oddsmakers.

Embiid’s case has been supported by many basketball analysts, but the Warriors coach thinks Jokic should win the award for the second straight season.

Photo: Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Kerr had hilarious reaction to opponent trash-talking Steph Curry

Kevin Porter Jr staring at Steph Curry

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr could not help but joke about an opponent’s poor decision to talk smack to Steph Curry on Monday night.

During the third quarter of the Warriors’ game against the Houston Rockets, Kevin Porter Jr. of the Rockets tried to get in Curry’s head by staring him down and trash-talking a bit. Take a look at the video.

The move backfired badly though as Curry went on to drop 40 points on the Rockets in an eventual 122-108 victory for the Warriors. 22 of those points came after the trash-talk incident with Porter Jr.

After the game, Kerr was asked about Porter Jr. jawing at Curry.

“I didn’t notice it. But I highly encourage it,” Kerr hilariously replied, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

All of the greats feed off slights and trash talk, especially from opponents. That is exactly what Curry did here as well, dropping a cool 40-piece on Porter Jr’s head after Porter Jr. tried to punk him.

The former MVP Curry had also been in a prolonged shooting slump before facing the Rockets. He entered Monday’s game averaging 21.1 points per contest on 36.9 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from three in the month of January. Thus, there is plenty of reason to think that Porter Jr. managed to finally awaken the bear, especially given Curry’s history of making opponents eat their words.

Steve Kerr wants NBA to make 1 big rule change

Steve Kerr

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has one particular play that he would like to see officiated out of the game.

Before the Warriors played the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Kerr called on the NBA to get rid of the “take” foul, the intentional foul committed by a defender to stop a fast break opportunity by the opposing team.

“It’s terrible,” said Kerr, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “It’s terrible for the game. It’s terrible for the fans.”

Kerr proposed that the NBA adopt the FIBA rule of making the “take” foul a one-shot technical. Kerr added that he knows the league is “very serious” about addressing it.

The controversial “take” foul does have a tendency to kill the flow of the game by eliminating transition sequences, which can result in some of the most exciting moments for fans. It also reduces the importance of taking care of the basketball and getting back on defense.

The NBA has had the clear-path foul rule since the 1980s, which awards two free throws and possession to a team that gets deprived of a clear path to the basket by a defensive foul. The rule was expanded in 2018 to include fouls in the backcourt. But the clear-path foul rule is not a deterrent for defenders who have teammates behind them in transition.

The Warriors were hurt a bit by a new rule that was implemented this season. But as one of the most explosive offenses in basketball, they could benefit this time around from the rule change proposed here by Kerr.

Photo: Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Kerr explains what led to his famous decision to coach Warriors over Knicks

Steve Kerr

Very few decisions have aged better than Steve Kerr choosing to coach the Golden State Warriors over the New York Knicks. Now Kerr is explaining what led to that famous choice.

In a recent interview on “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” Kerr discussed what exactly drew him to the Warriors instead of the Knicks in 2014.

“I talked to coaching friends of mine,” said Kerr. “They all said the same thing. They said, ‘Your talent is everything in coaching.’ And it’s true.

“You know, [then-Knicks president] Phil Jackson is my guy,” Kerr went on. “One of my good friends said, ‘Which job do you think Phil would take?’ And I was like, “Ooh, man.’ And that kinda got me. Think about it, Phil Jackson takes the Bulls job when he’s got Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and his career takes off. Pat Riley takes the Laker job when he’s got Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. We’re all dependent on our talent as coaches. The Warriors were already good. They were a 50-win team, all this young talent.”

It is obvious in hindsight that Kerr made the right choice. He led Golden State to five straight Finals appearances from 2015 to 2019, winning three championships. After a brief downturn, the Warriors now once again have the best record in the NBA in short order.

But the decision was probably a bit tougher at the time that Kerr made it. He ultimately bet on young players such as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in Golden State over veterans like Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire in New York. The bet paid off, and Kerr ended up taking the Warriors from first-round exit to an eventual dynasty. Meanwhile, the Knicks hired Derek Fisher instead and went 17-65 the next year. Fisher was fired in the middle of his second season.

Kerr has openly admitted that he would not have lasted in New York either. It sounds like Kerr definitely has his friend to thank for giving him proper perspective ahead of what ended up being a life-altering decision.

H/T NBA Reddit

Photo: Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Kerr to replace Gregg Popovich as Team USA coach

Steve Kerr

Gregg Popovich has been the head coach of the U.S. men’s national basketball team since 2015, but his run has come to an end.

Steve Kerr is replacing Popovich as Team USA’s head coach, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Kerr will coach the team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023 and then the 2024 Paris Olympics. Two other notable NBA head coaches — Erik Spoelstra and Monty Williams — will be part of Kerr’s staff. Longtime Gonzaga coach Mark Few will also serve as an assistant.

There have been reports for a while that Team USA was eyeing Kerr as an eventual replacement for Popovich, but the timeline was unclear.

Popovich, 72, led Team USA to a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. Kerr served as an assistant on his staff. Kerr also won a gold medal as a player at the 1986 FIBA World Championship, which was the last American men’s senior team comprised of all amateur players.

Popovich is 72 and in his 26th season as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. There has been talk of the three-time NBA Coach of the Year retiring, but a recent report indicated he could stick around longer than expected.

The transition from Popovich to Kerr should be a smooth one for Team USA, especially since Kerr was already on the staff.

Steve Kerr disputes report about Klay Thompson’s return

Klay Thompson wearing warmups

The latest report about Klay Thompson’s return from injury is being disputed by a fairly reliable source.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacted on Sunday to a report from Shams Charania and The Athletic that claimed Thompson had been cleared for full participation in practice. Kerr said that nobody had told him about that supposed development.

“I don’t know where that came from,” Kerr added about the report, per Mark Haynes of ClutchPoints.

Charania and The Athletic are usually one of the best in the business when it comes to inside scoops. Their report also contained the alleged date that Thompson is targeting for his return.

The five-time All-Star Thompson still has not played since June 2019 due to a torn left ACL and subsequent right Achilles rupture. The Warriors have done well this season in his absence however, holding a league-best 14-2 record. What we do know for now is that Thompson will have a fire in his eyes whenever he does return.