Steve Kerr never gives up on his team; he believes in his players
In his first season coaching Steph Curry, he felt he was watching Curly Neal of the Harlem Globe Trotters. Lute Olson, Gregg Popovich, and Phil Jackson’s voices were in his head telling him Steph was making bad shots while dribbling through traffic shooting fade-away threes. If you watched him on the sidelines Kerr looked disappointed and unhappy. But “Steph makes that shot over 40 percent of the time,” so his mind changed and he learned to let Steph shoot any shot he wants to.
In this last playoff series against the much improved Sacramento Kings, with his ex-assistant coach Mike Brown who also won coach of the year this season, the Warriors struggled to win the fourth game at home and had to take their talents to Sacramento to win game 7. The Warriors brought back Gary Payton Jr. and relied on former UCLA Bruin Kevin Looney. “I think Loon is one of the best centers in the league. I really do… this guy is a flat-out winner, and he’s a machine. We wouldn’t be here without him.” said Steve Kerr post-game.
Between Steph’s 50 points and Looney’s 21 rebounds and 11 points and Kerr’s change in strategy for game 7, the Warriors were victorious. Kerr also didn’t give up on Draymond Green even though he got suspended a game for stepping on Domantas Sabonis’s rib cage. Draymond played excellently in game 5 scoring 21 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. He didn’t pull Draymond because he had a hot hand and his defense at the end of the game won the game for Kerr and the Warriors.
A lot of media types and fans lost confidence in Klay Thompson after he returned from injury, but Kerr didn’t bench him he played him. Thompson is averaging 20.6 points this postseason and is making 88.0 percent of his free throws.