Steve Kerr: 'Greedy' Warriors 'will definitely be better next year'

Steve Kerr: 'Greedy' Warriors 'will definitely be better next year'

The Warriors went 67-15 during the regular season.

They went 16-1 in the playoffs and nearly became the first team ever to sweep through the postseason.

And according to Steve Kerr...

"I think we will definitely be better next year, from the experience of this year -- from having KD have a year under his belt and a comfort level with his teammates and his surroundings," Kerr said on the TK Show on Wednesday. "And being a champion -- I think guys like KD, there's a weight lifted off their shoulders when they win their first one.

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"I think we saw it with LeBron when LeBron won his first title in Miami. To me, if you look at LeBron now compared to that first title, he's dramatically better. Dramatically. And I think a big part of that is just that weight being lifted.

"It's like you're playing with house money now. You don't have that pressure, nearly as much pressure anymore. So I think you'll see some of that with KD, you'll see some of that with our team."

Durant is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency, but he will reportedly opt out and then re-sign with the Warriors.

Curry will also become a free agent on July 1, and is in line for a 5-year deal with Golden State for over $200 million.

"I think it's pretty obvious that Steph and KD are coming back," Kerr said.

The Warriors also need to navigate pending free agency for Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, JaVale McGee, David West and Zaza Pachulia.

There is still a lot up in the air, but Kerr is confident because of Golden State's star-studded core.

"There's two ways it can go -- you can rest on your laurels or you can say, 'Let's get greedy,'" Kerr explained. "And I know our guys, and they're gonna get greedy, and they're not gonna stop working.

"As far as being better -- some of that will depend on how many of our guys are back, too, obviously. Andre has been a huge part of what we do. Shaun has been a huge part of what we do. We would love to get those guys back.

"Can we get our centers back? They all played a really important role in what we do, and we had a really nice cycle there ... we've got a great core and I think that core is going to be intact for the next few years, and I think we got a chance to get better from here."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”