OAKLAND -- Presented with maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is eager to take full advantage of it.
As coach of the Western Conference All-Stars, who have four Warriors on the roster, Kerr plans to have all four on the court together for parts of the game on Feb. 19 in New Orleans.
“I’m absolutely going to play them, all four, together,” Kerr said Friday. “Absolutely I’m going to.”
Kerr was referring to guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant, who last week were voted in as starters, and forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson, who this week were added as reserves.
“Those four will be together, for sure,” Kerr said. “I can guarantee you that’ll happen at some point, because that’ll be a pretty cool thing.”
It’s exceedingly rare for four players from one team to be selected for the game, much less be coached by the staff with which they normally work. Only five times in NBA history have four teammates been voted in (by fans and/or coaches).
“That’ll be really cool,” Thompson said. “I wonder who the fifth player will be. That would be really awesome. It would feel like a real game; we could even run some sets.”
Asked who would be the fifth player joining the four Warriors, Kerr grinned and said, “I don’t know.”
Bet on a center, or at least someone capable to playing that position.