Steve Kerr downplayed an incident between two of his players that drew some attention this week.
Draymond Green and Jordan Poole were seen having a heated exchange during a break in the action during the Golden State Warriors’ 123-110 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Things got heated between Draymond and Poole on the Warriors bench. Seemed like JP said something that didn’t sit well w/ Dray, Dray yelled at him. Short time later they both dapped each other up and and it was squashed. pic.twitter.com/Xy6yeynQuq
Green had seven points in 21 minutes during the game. Poole shot 5/17 and 2/11 on threes in the victory and scored 14 points.
On Thursday, Kerr said the conflict was already resolved and had become a non-issue.
Jordan Poole and Draymond Green got into a heated exchange on the bench last night. Here is Steve Kerr on that interaction and the dynamic between the confident, ascending Poole and the established veterans. pic.twitter.com/eH5SK99ab2
“I’ve long felt that’s one of Steph secrets to his success, he loves his life,” said Kerr. “He loves his family, he loves his hobbies, his daily existence on the Earth, he just enjoys it so much.
“He’s got so much going for him that it makes everything smoother and more fun for him on the court,” Kerr added about Curry. “I think that’s true for everybody. If you can get things in order and you’re in a comfortable place, you’re going to have more success.”
Curry has continued his success this season, leading Golden State to an NBA-best 4-0 record. While he has obviously put in plenty of hard work behind the scenes, you can’t underestimate the positive impact that an enjoyable life off the court can have on one’s game.
Mar 5, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
It is unclear how long Gregg Popovich will continue to coach Team USA, but we may have an idea of who could eventually replace him.
Steve Kerr is considered the favorite to succeed Popovich as the head coach of Team USA, according to NBA reporter Marc Stein. Erik Spoelstra is another name to watch, but USA Basketball would likely prefer Kerr because he has prior experience with international competition both as a coach and player.
Kerr served as an assistant coach under Popovich at the Tokyo Olympics, where Team USA won a gold medal last month. He 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 entering 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.
Draymond Green and Kevin Durant recently fired off some shots at Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr over the degradation of their relationship as teammates. For his part though, Kerr is leaving that one alone.
“I’m going to chalk this one up [to the fact] that I recognize that you have to ask that question,” said Kerr. “And by the same token, I don’t have to answer it. So we’re going to move on to the next question.”
Green and Durant had an infamous blow-up during a game against the LA Clippers in 2018 when they were still teammates on the Warriors. Durant cited the incident as a major influence behind his decision to leave Golden State that offseason. Both players blamed Kerr and Warriors GM Bob Myers for bungling the aftermath of the episode. You can read their reasoning here.
Kerr probably can’t say much in response, especially since Green is still one of his players. But blaming everybody except themselves for their own feud was a pretty bad look for both Green and Durant, even if Kerr won’t say it.
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green openly had issues with one another before Durant left the Golden State Warriors in 2019, but they have since smoothed things over. Now, they are both essentially blaming the team for how the situation was handled.
In an interview for Bleacher Report’s “Chips” series that was released on Wednesday, Durant and Green discussed the infamous argument they had during the 2018-19 season that led to Green being suspended. The spat happened near the end of an eventual overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, when Durant ripped Green for not passing the ball. Durant said the argument itself was less of an issue than the way the Warriors’ brass handled it.
“It wasn’t the argument. It was the way that everybody … (head coach) Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen, (general manager) Bob Meyers tried to just discipline you and think that would put the mask over everything,” Durant said.
“We needed that. We needed to throw all that s— out on the table and say, ‘Yo, Dray, K, that was f—ed up that we even had to go through that. Let’s just wipe our hands of that and go finish the task,'” Durant said. “I don’t think we did that. We tried to dance around it.”
Green then explained how Warriors management told him he needed to apologize, but he wanted to work things out with Durant on his own terms.
“I told them, ‘I’ll talk to (Durant), but y’all aren’t gonna tell me what I need to say.’ … Ultimately, they realized we’re not getting through to him and are gonna try again in the morning,” Green recalled. “We met the next morning and they said, ‘Alright, you slept on it. You ready to apologize?’ I told them right then and there, ‘Y’all are about to f— this up. The only person that can make this right is me and (Durant). There is nothing that y’all can do and y’all are going to f— this up.’ And in my opinion, they f—ed it up.”
After over four months of inactivity on Twitter, Steve Kerr is offering an explanation for his continued absence.
The Golden State Warriors head coach told reporters on Thursday that he quit Twitter after making an agreement with center James Wiseman. Kerr then found that he was enjoying his hiatus so much that he never came back.
“It actually started as an agreement with James Wiseman,” said Kerr, per Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area. “We were on a road trip somewhere, and I asked James how he was doing. It’s obviously a long season, and he had his ups and downs. We were in a conversation about life in general and I asked him about social media. We started talking about it. I said, ‘What you say we take a break, we both take a break for a few weeks. Get off Twitter and anything else you’re on.’ He said, ‘Yes, let’s do it.’
“I’ve been off ever since, and it’s been bliss,” Kerr added. “Sometimes I feel, I don’t know if responsibility is the right word, but I do feel that it’s good to speak your mind and share articles that you’ve read. Have a presence. But I also feel social media has been really destructive in a lot of ways and divisive in our country. I found when I got off of it that it was kind of a relief.”
Kerr had been a strong voice on Twitter these last few years, commenting on various sociopolitical issues. He had earned himself over 650,000 followers on the social media platform. But Kerr has not tweeted anything since the end of March and also said Thursday that he has no plans to return.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been paying close attention to the NBA Finals. Part of the reason is that he wants one of his young players to be paying attention, too.
In an appearance on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky” Thursday, Kerr said he was “inspired” by Suns center Deandre Ayton’s progression into a breakout playoff star. He added that Ayton’s success could be emulated by James Wiseman, and that Kerr has begun thinking of new ways to deploy his young center.
“The most interesting thing [about the NBA Finals] has been watching Deandre Ayton,” Kerr said, via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I talk to James and text him. I’m just so inspired by what Ayton has been able to do. And I think there’s no reason why James can’t follow that same path.
“[The Suns] really streamlined his game. You think back a couple years ago and he was kind of all over the map. You could tell how gifted he was, but you weren’t exactly sure what he was. They’ve figured it out.
“I’m watching Ayton quite a bit and I’m thinking a lot about how we can use James and simplify the game and make him really effective for us next year.”
Wiseman was the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft, but had an up-and-down rookie season that ended prematurely due to injury. Ayton, too, took a while and struggled with consistency before blossoming into the player on display this postseason. It’s probably not a bad comparison for Wiseman to look at.
Kevin Durant is known for having thin skin when it comes to being criticized by fans and the media. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has openly expressed that he wishes Durant would do a better job of ignoring the noise, but K.D. clearly doesn’t appreciate Kerr’s opinion.
Kerr was interviewed by Matt Sullivan for the author’s book “Can’t Knock the Hustle.” The Warriors coach spoke about how unhappy Durant was during his final season with Golden State, and he said he believed a lot of that stemmed from Duran’t inability to tune out criticism.
“I could see the strain on his face every day, especially that third year, just all day,” Kerr told Sullivan. “But it was, really, he was staring into that phone all the time.”
Sullivan further discussed that portion of his book during an interview with “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” podcast this week. Sullivan said Kerr took Durant out for a drink one night during Duran’t final season with the Warriors and encouraged him stop paying attention to trolls. Kerr said he told Durant that NBA legends like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James all said “f— it” at one point during their careers and stopped caring what others thought about them.
Someone shared highlights of Sullivan’s interview with Le Batard on Twitter, and Durant — ironically — could not resist firing back at Kerr.
“I don’t see a problem with me interacting with basketball fans, it should be encouraged …Steve should’ve also said that I’m never late and I work through every rep in practice with game speed. That should be more interesting than what I do on Twitter,” Durant wrote.
It doesn’t sound like Durant and Kerr have the best relationship. Kerr made some comments earlier this year hinting at how the Durant drama made K.D.’s final season with the Warriors difficult, and Durant had a sarcastic response for that.
Steve Kerr won three NBA championships as Michael Jordan’s teammate in Chicago and another two as Kevin Durant’s coach in Golden State. His latest hot take about the two all-time greats may surprise you though.
“He just showed he’s the most talented basketball player on earth, if not of all time,” Kerr said. “Honestly. He’s just so gifted. I loved coaching him, and I’m looking forward to doing so again.”
Kerr even stuck to his guns when the interviewer countered that Jordan was perhaps the most talented basketball player of all-time instead.
“I think he’s more gifted [than Jordan], I really do,” Kerr said of Durant. “That’s saying something, but Kevin is a different … entirely different breed. He’s 6-11 with guard skills, unlimited 3-point range, passing, shot-blocking — his shot-blocking at the rim, it’s just stunning. Watching him this year was really, really gratifying to see.”
In truth, the comparison is a pretty difficult one to make because Jordan and Durant are different sizes and played two different positions. Jordan was a more gifted scorer in the post, which was a bigger point of emphasis during his era, while Durant is a more gifted scorer from the three-point line, the greater point of emphasis in his own era.
It is also inevitable that pro athletes will become more physically gifted as the decades go by and evolution runs its course. Seven-footers in the mold of Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Nikola Jokic who can shoot the three and put the ball on the floor were unheard-of during Jordan’s time. Similarly, high-flying players like Jordan who lived above the rim and could score from any angle imaginable were unheard-of in Bob Cousy’s time.
The Golden State Warriors got the short end of the stick with this year’s play-in tournament, but head coach Steve Kerr is not being salty.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, Kerr said that he believes that the NBA should keep the tournament around for the longer term.
“I think it should be something we stay with,” said Kerr, per Nick Friedell of ESPN. “I thought it was fascinating as a fan.”
Under the traditional playoff format, Kerr’s Warriors would have gotten the eighth seed in the West after finishing the regular season with the eighth-best record. But this year however, they first had to go through the play-in tournament. The Warriors lost to the Lakers in their first play-in game and got eliminated with a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in their second one.
Still, the play-in tournament was a major hit in the ratings department. It was so much so that the league is now even considering adding more such tournaments to the season. Thus, Kerr can see the bigger picture here.