Two-time All-American Steve Kerr has five NBA championship rings earned as a player, and a couple more earned as a coach. His team also owns the best record in the NBA.
Sounds like a good time for a break.
With his seemingly bored Golden State Warriors leading by just one point over the hapless Phoenix Suns after one quarter Monday night, Kerr handed a clipboard and dry-erase marker to veteran Andre Igoudala and turned away from the team’s huddle. The rest of the game unfolded as such, with different Warriors — David West, Draymond Green — taking advantage of the moment to become vocal leaders. Golden State prevailed, 129-83.
Kerr’s apparent nonchalance was immediately questioned via social media as being disrespectful to his fellow professionals on the other sideline. The coach explained he wasn’t trying to show up anyone, but grab the attention of his players.
Steve Kerr's reasoning for letting players coach today was simple/transparent: "It had to do with me trying to reach my team. I have not reached them for the last month." pic.twitter.com/0icubfCFf3
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 13, 2018
Golden State has seen historic success since Kerr has taken over, netting the franchise two titles and coming one blown 3-1 lead (no, we won’t let you forget it) from owning the last three championships. In the dog days of the NBA season (late January, early February) and the all-star break coming at the end of the week, the coach took the night against one of the league’s worst to wake his team up.
It worked, as evidenced by the score.
Before he coached the NBA’s latest dynasty, Kerr was a sharpshooting guard at the University of Arizona, earning second- and third-team All-American honors as well as two First Team All-Pac-10 nominations during his time with the Wildcats. Kerr averaged 11.2 points over his four-year career, including a senior season in which he made 57.3 percent of his 3-pointers, an NCAA record. His No. 25 jersey hangs in the rafters at McKale Center.
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