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Steve Kerr calls out Stephen A. Smith over his Warriors reporting

Stephen A Smith reports from the sideline

Dec 18, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith broadcasts before a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen A. is getting called out this week by Stevie K.

Appearing on a recent episode of The Athletic’s “The TK Show,” Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr responded to a recent claim that ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith made on “First Take.” Smith passed along an unflattering report about young Warriors big man Jonathan Kuminga alleging that Kuminga’s work ethic and focus were not up to par.

“I know there was that weird report that came out, I think Stephen A. Smith said something about JK,” said Kerr in response. “Honestly, [Warriors GM] Bob [Myers] and I, when that came out, called each other and asked each other, ‘Where did that come from?’ Because it made no sense.

“JK’s been great,” Kerr added about Kuminga. “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him, he’s worked hard, I enjoy coaching him. He’s right where he needs to be and he’s gotta just keep getting better every day. But we’re very happy with his summer and everything he’s committed to.”

Kuminga, who is still only 19, was the Warriors’ No. 7 overall pick in last year’s draft. An energizing talent, especially around the basket, Kuminga earned enough of Kerr’s trust to make 70 appearances last season and even a handful of starts (including three during the Warriors’ playoff run).

Smith’s negative report about Kuminga has largely been an isolated one. Meanwhile, Kerr’s comments come after another Warriors figure also attacked Smith over the claim.

Steve Kerr reveals the 1 NBA player he most wants to coach

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

Steve Kerr has played with Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan, played for Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich, and had Steph Curry and Kevin Durant play for him. But there is one specific person Kerr still wants to add to his list.

The Golden State Warriors head coach Kerr spoke this week with Egyptian outlet FilGoal during a trip to Cairo, Egypt to coach campers at a Basketball Without Borders program. Kerr, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon, spent several years living in Cairo as a teenager but had not been back since 1985.

During the interview with FilGoal, Kerr was asked which current NBA player (not on the Warriors) he would most like to coach.

“[Milwaukee Bucks star] Giannis [Antetokounmpo],” Kerr replied. “I’d love to coach Giannis. He’s a great player, but he also seems like a great person.”

Since the two-time MVP Antetokounmpo is one of the league’s top players and is signed with the Bucks through at least 2025, Kerr obviously may not be getting his wish any time soon. But Antetokounmpo has a reputation as one of the most coachable and likable guys in the NBA, so it is a solid pick from the veteran coach Kerr.

While the thought Antetokounmpo playing for Kerr and the Warriors is pure pie-and-the-sky fantasy, it is possible that Antetokounmpo could actually end up playing for one of Kerr’s former NBA teams some day.

Steve Kerr shares why Warriors are holding roster spot open

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 become very good at maximizing roster flexibility in recent seasons due to salary demands and the need to surround their star core with competent pieces. That has led to an intriguing situation with their current roster setup.

Golden State has 13 players on guaranteed contracts and intends to use the final spot on the roster for a player who wins a camp battle, or even to leave it empty for salary cap purposes. That leaves one guaranteed spot open, and that is by design. According to coach Steve Kerr, that spot is being held for veteran forward Andre Iguodala in the event he decides to return for another season.

“I leave Andre alone,” Kerr told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “He knows where we stand. If he wants to come back, we’d love to have him. The one thing we feel strongly about with Andre is we want to give him whatever space and time he needs to make a decision. I’m leaving him alone. Whenever he makes his decision is fine with us.”

With training camp looming in September, Iguodala will have to make his decision sooner rather than later. Clearly, the Warriors are relaxed about that, no matter what he decides.

Iguodala is a bit player at this point, and he only appeared in 31 games for the Warriors during the regular season last year. However, he is an important veteran leader. Reports suggested he was ready to retire last year before the Warriors came in with a late offer, so it would not be a shock if he decides to go out on top now.

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.

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.

Steve Kerr has funny quote after Warriors’ flight home

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 won their fourth NBA title under head coach Steve Kerr, and it appears that Kerr and the Warriors had a great time celebrating.

While speaking to a group of reporters after the Warriors’ flight home on Friday, Kerr had an honest response when asked about what it’s been like since the Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

“I’m not gonna lie, I’m hungover right now,” Kerr said. “We had a great night last night. Late night, but just a special one.”

Kerr and the Warriors’ celebration is understandable considering some of the struggles that the team has gone through over the last few years. The Warriors had the worst record in the Western Conference (15-50) during the 2019-2020 season, and failed to make it past the postseason play-in games the following season. With Klay Thompson tearing his ACL during the NBA Finals in 2019 (and later his Achilles) and Steph Curry missing most of the 2019-2020 season after hand surgery, the Warriors weren’t a lock to win another ring.

Celebrating an NBA Finals win is nothing new to Kerr, who now has nine championships during his career as both a player and coach. As a player, Kerr won three titles with the Chicago Bulls (1996, 1997 and 1998), and two with the San Antonio Spurs (1999 and 2003). As a coach, Kerr has won a championship four times, all with the Warriors (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022).

Klay Thompson pulls a Michael Jordan after winning championship

Klay Thompson looking on

May 14, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) stands on the court before the start of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson has been the subject of trade rumors in recent years, but the Golden State Warriors star does not plan on going anywhere. That would require playing for another head coach, and Thompson made it clear after Game 6 of the NBA Finals that he has no interest in that.

When asked on Thursday night about his future in Golden State, Thompson said he is going “full Michael Jordan” by saying he will not play for another head coach besides Steve Kerr. Thompson made the remark during a postgame interview with NBATV and reiterated it when Draymond Green asked him a similar question.

Thompson missed two full seasons with injuries in 2019-20 and 2020-21. The Warriors stuck with him and it paid off. The 32-year-old averaged 17.0 points during the NBA Finals and had some huge games.

It would not be a surprise if Thompson finished his career in Golden State. He has two years remaining on his current contract, and he will be 34 when it expires. Warriors executive Bob Myers hinted on Thursday that Thompson is in his plans going forward, so we don’t expect a trade this offseason.

Steve Kerr made bold comment in locker room after Game 5 win

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

Steve Kerr is taking a page out of the book of Showtime-era Pat Riley.

The Golden State Warriors coach went viral for a bold comment he made after his team’s win over the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Finals. Kerr was giving a speech to the Warriors in the locker room, and his remarks were aired on ESPN. Most notably, Kerr said, “We’re gonna get this in Boston. We’re gonna finish this in Boston.”

The Warriors will be the NBA champions if they win Game 6 in Boston on Thursday. They also have all the momentum right now after winning each of the last two games by double digits, handing Boston their first back-to-back losses of the 2022 postseason.

Kerr is delivering the message that his team needs to hear right now, as they can’t allow the Celtics back into the series and need to deliver the knockout blow on the road in Game 6. But it is worth noting that Kerr had similarly audacious comments right before the Warriors won their last title.

Steve Kerr admits to making 1 big coaching mistake in Finals

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

Steve Kerr is calling someone out in the middle of the NBA Finals … himself.

Kerr’s Golden State Warriors got a massive victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 on Friday to even the series at two games apiece. After the game, the Warriors coach Kerr admitted to making a big mistake earlier in the Finals — not giving Kevon Looney enough playing time.

“He’s irreplaceable for us,” said Kerr of Looney, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He’s played in every game, and he’s a guy we count on. I didn’t play him enough in Game 3. That was my mistake.”

The big man Looney was sublime in Game 4, playing 28 total minutes and putting up six points (include a clutch basket in the final minute to give the Warriors a five-point lead) and 11 rebounds. He was also had a game-high plus-minus of +21. That was a big difference from Game 3 where Looney played just 17 minutes in Golden State’s 116-100 loss.

Looney is a real X-factor in the matchup against the Celtics. He defends the paint nicely, is both long and savvy enough to survive on the perimeter off switches, and helps neutralize Boston’s offensive rebounding as a big body boxing out Robert Williams and Al Horford.

Already in his fifth Finals with the Warriors, Looney has gotten 21.0 minutes per game in Golden State’s two losses, and 24.5 minutes a game in their two wins (though the latter number is actually deflated because the Warriors pulled their rotation guys early in their blowout Game 2 victory). Overall, Looney is a magnificent +36 in the series so far and has also brought the jokes throughout the playoffs. That sounds like a man that Kerr indeed needs to prioritize getting as many minutes as possible for.

Video: Steve Kerr called for technical foul after yelling at referees

Steve Kerr clapping

Steve Kerr was called for a technical foul in the second quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night after getting upset with the lack of a call.

Kerr thought that Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard traveled while driving to the basket and setting up for a shot. The Golden State Warriors head coach was upset about the lack of a call and loudly voiced his discontent to the officials.

Kerr’s behavior led him to be called for a technical foul.

Not only was Pritchard not called for a travel, but Jordan Poole was called for a shooting foul. Pritchard went 1-for-2 on his free throws, while Jayson Tatum missed the technical free throw.

Golden State entered Game 4 of the NBA Finals trailing 2-1. They also trailed 54-49 at halftime of Game 4.