Steve Kerr testing the waters as NBA villain

Steve Kerr testing the waters as NBA villain

Steve Kerr said he is going to apologize to official Bill Spooner for carpet-F-bombing him Saturday night in Golden State’s overtime loss to Sacramento, and this saddens those of us who have been deputized to speak for the nation.
I mean, what is the next bit of character development for the team with the best record in the NBA? The uber-nice, uber-smart, uber-wry head coach doing a heel turn, obviously.
I mean, Cleveland has LeBron James, General Manager Without Portfolio. San Antonio has Gregg Popovich, Hyper-Astute Political Pundit. Boston has Brad Stevens, The Boy King, and Isaiah Thomas, The Diabolical Gadfly. Houston has James Harden, The 19th President Of The United States.
But what does Golden State have? Nothing . . . except that they get a little snippy with each other now and then, have had a brief history with groinings, and are still the most interesting team.

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But Kerr as ranting maniac is a deliciously new touch, one that he should not only not apologize for, but should lionize as his way to flavor the too-cool-for-school Warrior image.
Oh, he’s tried, believe me. Saturday was his 17th technical foul in 217 games as a coach (we are not crediting him with Luke Walton’s 43 games, or with Walton’s four technicals in that time, which is still an impressive one per 13 games).
It is even more impressive given that he only got rung up five times in 910 games as a player, which is a shamefully Quakerish one per 182 games.
In other words, Kerr is ready to go, and he just needs a little bit of a push. So let’s review his disciplinary record to date:

4 -- 11/5/14 -- Joey Crawford -- Beat LA Clippers
12 -- 11/23/14 -- Sean Wright -- Beat Oklahoma City
19 -- 12/6/14 -- Zach Zarba -- Beat Chicago
24 -- 12/16/14 -- Brian Forte -- Lost at Memphis
28 -- 12/25/14 -- Wright -- Lost at L.A. Clippers
37 -- 1/16/15 -- Eric Dalen -- Lost at Oklahoma City
52 -- 2/20/15 -- Ed Malloy -- Beat San Antonio
55 -- 2/26/15 -- Pat Fraher -- Lost at Cleveland
75 -- 4/2/15 -- Marc Davis* -- Beat Phoenix
96 -- 5/25/15 -- Joey Crawford --  Lost at Houston
105 -- 1/25/16 -- James Williams -- Beat San Antonio
120 -- 3/6/16 -- Michael Smith  -- Lost at L.A. Lakers
127 -- 3/18/16  -- Derrick Collins -- Beat Dallas
128 -- 3/19/16 -- Eric Lewis  -- Lost at San Antonio
129 -- 3/21/16 -- David Guthrie -- Beat Minnesota
170 -- 11/3/16 -- Forte -- Beat Oklahoma City
185 -- 12/1/16 -- Tiven -- Lost to Houston
190 -- 12/10/16 -- Leon Wood -- Lost at Memphis
217 -- 2/4/17 -- Spooner -- Lost at Sacramento

You’ll notice a few things here, starting with the fact that his first one came from Crawford, which was largely ceremonial – a hearty “Welcome to the league, rook” from the official against which all other human whistle-bearers are unfavorably compared.
He also stumbled about early trying to find out how best to employ the magic word – which as we all know is not "f---," "m-----f-----" or any similar fricative but "you," as in "f--- YOU, YOU f------ m-----f-----." And his ongoing back issues were realty bothering him in March of 2016, when he picked up four in 16 days and three in four.
The asterisk next to Davis’ name means the technical was later rescinded, probably after Kerr convinced them that what he actually said was, “Here’s what I told Fraher in Cleveland, but it doesn’t apply to you.”
Oh, and for those of you who hate Scott Foster so much, his name does not appear.
But his record wasn’t all that illuminating; a lot of calm players become cranky coaches, as shown in this analysis from Chris Herring in the Wall Street Journal, America’s Source For Technical Foul News.
But Kerr went from snippy lecturer – his lectures on the death of the traveling call are required reading among the desperately date-free – to Vesuvian thespian Saturday night, and while he has half as many T’s as Charlotte’s Steve Clifford this year, the season is still early, and if nothing else, Golden State stands for excellence in everything, so it will step up its hysterical profanity deployment game. Maybe they can trade for DeMarcus Cousins and lock up the title.

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So here’s to Steve Kerr’s going rogue, fueled by his newly-developed disrespect for authority and willingness to work blue no matter what the audience. Maybe he can brighten up Wednesday’s game against Chicago by wearing a luchador mask and challenging Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg to a barbed wire steel cage match.
I mean, if he’s going to go, he should go big. Really big. Bigly big. And for the love of God, he should never apologize again, unless it comes right before he throws powder in the other guy’s eyes, smashes two beer cans together and drinks them both -- Steve Austin style -- and cackles into the camera.
The way Lute Olson would have secretly wanted.

What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'


What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'

The Warriors were the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

That is probably going to change this season, as they trail the Rockets by three games (although it's really four because Houston has the tiebreaker) with 12 games to play (and only lead the Raptors by one game).

What does owner Joe Lacob think about his team right now?

“We’ve had our best team we’ve ever had this year,” Lacob recently told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group (read the full story here). “We have to go prove it on the court, but we have enough to win it.

"It doesn’t mean we will, but we are certainly set up to have the opportunity potentially to do that. That’s about all you can ask.”

Things can change in an instant and Lacob understands that.

That's why he's constantly discussing scenarios with Warriors GM Bob Myers and the rest of Golden State's decision-makers.

“We’ll build around that core until we decide maybe we shouldn’t," Lacob told BANG. "But right now it feels pretty good. These guys are all performing at a great level. We love them as part of our organization.

"I don’t really see doing anything major. But you never really know. We have to evaluate when the season is over. It’s very hard when you’re in the middle of it all to see it objectively.”

What happens if the Warriors don't win the championship this year?

We will leave you with this quote Lacob gave BANG.

“Maybe we will emphasize continuity. Or maybe we will make a big move. We’re looking at different options, given different things playing out in different ways.

"I think you should always be doing that.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Pat McCaw will return vs Spurs; Draymond Green vs LaMarcus Aldridge


Pat McCaw will return vs Spurs; Draymond Green vs LaMarcus Aldridge

In 43 seasons battling the Spurs, only once have the Warriors swept a season series, a feat they will accomplish again with a victory Monday night in San Antonio.

Winning at AT&T Center will be a tough task for the depleted Warriors (53-17), who for the third consecutive game will take the floor with three of their four All-Stars -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson -- unavailable. Guard Pat McCaw, however, will be available for the first time in five weeks.

After the Spurs (40-30) lost nine of 11 games over a 30-day span and seemed to be fading from the playoff race, they’ve posted three straight wins and are very much in the race, despite the continued absence of star forward Kawhi Leonard.


Spurs by 7


Draymond Green & Co. vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: Aldridge is a load for any defender and has carried the Spurs this season. Expect the Warriors to stick to their routine when facing a single pivotal player and send a variety of defenders. Green is sure to be one of them. Others likely to take turns include Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee, David West and maybe even Kevon Looney. The Warriors will consider it success if they can keep Aldridge under 30 points.


Warriors: F Omri Casspi (R ankle tweak), G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), F Kevin Durant (R rib fracture) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) and listed as out.

Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is listed as out.


Warriors: 7-3. Spurs: 5-5.


James Capers (crew chief), Bennie Adams, Karl Lane


The Warriors won the first three of four meetings this season: 112-92 on Nov. 2 in San Antonio, 122-105 on Feb. 10 in Oakland and 110-107 on March 8 at Oakland. They were 1-2 against San Antonio last season and are 9-7 against the Spurs in the Steve Kerr era.


COOK’S ROLL: Two-way PG Quinn Cook was terrific in the last two games, scoring a combined 53 points on 21-of-30 shooting. That was against lottery teams. The Spurs traditionally make life tough for guards and will pose a much bigger challenge. If Cook stays hot under this pressure, the Warriors will be beyond ecstatic.

MCCAW RETURNS: The return of McCaw, out since Feb. 12 with a L wrist fracture, gives the Warriors a fourth guard and some welcome flexibility. Cook played 80 minutes in the recent back-to-back set, and Nick Young played 78. McCaw will be on a minutes restriction (less than 20) but can perform on or off the ball.

THE BENCH GAME: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has virtually trademarked liberal usage of reserves; only San Antonio has had eight players score in double figures in three different games this season, and 13 different Spurs average at least 10 ppg. Their depth will be a problem for these very thin Warriors.