For Kerr, there really was no other choice. His family is based in San Diego, he’s a California kid to the core and his daughter is attending Cal on a volleyball scholarship—just minutes away from the Warriors facility.
There’s also the the quality of the actual basketball team.
Golden State has Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the backcourt, giving it the deadliest perimeter marksmen in the league. And if there’s anything Kerr can respect, it’s outside shooting. Toss in Andrew Bogut anchoring an elite defense, David Lee making offensive plays no big man has a right to make and Andre Iguodala doing everything else and it’s blatantly obvious: The Warriors have twice the talent of the Knicks.
Also: money. Kerr is set to receive a five-year deal worth $25 million. He’ll be the fourth-highest paid coach in the NBA.
Curry was a key, though, and he’s someone Kerr has been eying for a very long time. As general manager of the Phoenix Suns, he had a draft day deal in place to nab the Davidson product. But it fell through at the last minute and Curry wound up with the Dubs.
Kerr spoke to Curry, who openly stumped for Mark Jackson to keep his job throughout the season, by phone on Wednesday.
“It was great. We laughed about the draft stuff from a couple years ago. He was very positive and we’re planning on getting together soon,” Kerr told Kawakami.
Though his official stint with the Dubs was only a few hours old, Kerr also explained to Kawakami that he’d “be crazy to do away with the screen and roll with Steph,” indicating he’s inclined to keep his biggest star happy with plenty of touches on offense.
It’s hard to argue with Kerr’s decision. He’s inheriting a ready-made team on the brink of contention, has a great relationship with management and has already earned the support of one of Jackson’s biggest backers.
We’ll have time to break down Kerr’s offensive plan and defensive strategy, whether he keeps locker room chemistry strong and if he can handle the pressure of a combustible Joe Lacob sitting courtside. But for now, it’s worth noting the Warriors got their man. Again.
All true. The Warriors got their man.
And Kerr got a perfect situation.