Jerry West shares perspective on Warriors-Clippers NBA playoff series

Jerry West shares perspective on Warriors-Clippers NBA playoff series

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NBA legend Jerry West worked for the Warriors for six years. But shortly after Golden State won the title in 2017, he left the franchise and took a job with the Clippers.

The Logo watched Game 2 from afar in West Virginia and knows that even though the NBA playoff first-round series is tied at one apiece, the Clippers have an uphill battle ahead of them.

"I’m just hopeful we can play well in the rest of this series, make it an interesting series and scare them a little bit," West told Sam Amick of The Athletic. "And we could — we could.”

West -- a two-time NBA Executive of the Year (1995, 2004) -- is very focused on free agency as the Clippers have big aspirations this summer. But he certainly is enjoying the moment.

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“It’s gratifying," West said. “I would be stupid not to be gratified by being involved and winning against a team where everybody said we’re going to get beat 4-0, and the odds are 1000-to-1 or some damn thing. It’s fun to maybe make them think a little bit. They will answer. That’s for sure.

"I have great respect for Steve [Kerr], and obviously the players. They play the game the way it should be played, so hopefully we can play really well and move on.”

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Warriors' Steve Kerr shares funny details about 'Last Dance' interview

Warriors' Steve Kerr shares funny details about 'Last Dance' interview

Steve Kerr played a prominent role in "The Last Dance" documentary on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls.

If you didn't know already, the film crew spoke with the Warriors coach in late October 2018 when Golden State was in New York to face the Knicks.

"It was funny -- I had forgotten about the interview," Kerr told Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald last Friday. "So we came back from practice -- I completely spaced out, I got a workout at the gym where we practiced -- I come back to the hotel late (and) these guys are waiting in the lobby.

"They got this huge production. They had rented a suite. There's got to be 20 people in there and a million cameras. I felt so bad. I didn't even take a shower. I just ran up and did the interview."

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In case you haven't seen any of the episodes yet -- Kerr wore a blue Warriors long-sleeve shirt for the sit-down conversation.

"As soon as I sat down, I thought, 'I like this. I got my Warriors shirt on. This is gonna show pretty well,'" Kerr said to Fitzgerald. "When we sat down to watch it (the actual documentary on TV), my daughter and my wife immediately turned to me and they said, 'You couldn't take a shower and fix your hair before the interview?'"

You got to love Maddy and Margot Kerr for keeping it real.

No word yet on if Kerr at least was able to put on some deodorant.

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Six reasons why Warriors will return to NBA Finals in 2020-21 season

Six reasons why Warriors will return to NBA Finals in 2020-21 season

The 2019-20 NBA season hasn't gone the way anyone expected it would. That includes the Warriors, who were not only indefinitely paused due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but had experienced a thoroughly-disappointing campaign up to that point.

The team that had made five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, winning three championships, knew it was going to be a tougher season than the ones that had most recently preceded it. Kevin Durant was gone and Klay Thompson was expected to miss a significant portion of the season. However, with Steph Curry and Draymond Green available, a playoff spot certainly was believed to be attainable. Of course, that all went out the window when Curry required thumb surgery four games in.

The NBA has been considering different plans to safely resume the season, but based on the latest reports, the expectation is that Golden State is done playing. If that's the case, we won't see the Warriors in a game that counts until the start of next season, whenever that might be.

When it does begin, though, there are plenty of reasons to believe that it will be a far more successful one for the Warriors than this past year. And, assuming they catch a break here and there, it wouldn't be surprising if they found themselves competing for another championship.

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Here are six reasons why you'll see the Warriors in the 2021 NBA Finals.


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