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Kerr makes history, but won't take any credit: 'It’s actually 211 -- Luke got 39'

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Kerr makes history, but won't take any credit: 'It’s actually 211 -- Luke got 39'

OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr walked out of Oracle Arena with his 250th win as an NBA coach, reaching that total faster than any coach in history, and Draymond Green was quick to explain why.

“It means he’s got some good players,” he said.

Though Green laughed and then delivered a more seriously detailed response, Kerr rather agreed with his power forward.

“It just means that I inherited a hell of a team, an amazing and talented group of players,” he said.

Kerr’s record now stands at 250-52, a total of 302 games. The previous record-holder, Phil Jackson, required 346 games.

“I’m going to text him right now,” Kerr joked of Jackson, under whom he played as a member of the Chicago Bulls. “He couldn’t do it and he had Michael Jordan, for God’s sakes. I don’t know what Phil’s problem was.”

Though Kerr’s assessment about the team’s talent is on target -- the Warriors have sent multiple players to the All-Star Game in each of his four seasons --there is something impressive about a coach without experience instilling a culture and maintaining it while managing so many high-profile personalities.

“He made the right decision at the beginning,” Stephen Curry said, referring to Kerr choosing the Warriors job over that of the New York Knicks. “He was coveted coming out of the booth. And when he first got here, he really took his time implementing the system and perspective about how we were going to win and make that next step, to a championship-winning team, as opposed to the playoff team we had been for a couple years before.

“It’s been an amazing three-and-a-half years and, hopefully, we’ll have more to come.”

Insofar as he is the official head coach of the Warriors, every team victory goes on Kerr’s record, although former assistant Luke Walton was 39-4 over a 43-game stretch at the beginning of the 2015-15 season, when Kerr took a leave of absence to cope with debilitating side effects of multiple back surgeries.

“It’s actually 211 -- Luke got 39,” Kerr cracked.

Kerr, 52, still has the daily discomfort. And whenever he is asked about walking away, his response is that coaching enriches his life and gives him a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

The Warriors understand that and they appreciate it.

“That’s incredible,” Green said of Kerr’s achievements. “Steve never had any coaching experience and to accomplish something like that says a lot. With the continuity that he brought to the organization -- not only on the basketball court -- with the culture, it’s made a difference. And it’s why we’ve been able to have the success that we’ve had.”

Steph Curry sheds light on Game 1 trash talk with LeBron James, promises there are 'adversarial relationships' in NBA

Steph Curry sheds light on Game 1 trash talk with LeBron James, promises there are 'adversarial relationships' in NBA

Do you remember what happened with about 35 seconds left in OT during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals?

In case you forgot:

The Warriors led by 11 points and with the shot clock winding down, Steph Curry attempted a driving layup and LeBron James blocked it.

LeBron proceeded to talk some trash to Curry and even used a little forearm to nudge him away when Curry said something in return.

On the most recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast, Curry shed some light on the exchange.

Simmons: "He blocked you and he talked sh*t to you. I thought you guys were gonna fight."

Curry: "It was never going to spill over to that. But it was an interesting moment ... I was hot because I was trying to finish out a possession, I think it was less than a minute left, I didn't see him coming over from the weak side so I tried to do a little soft scoop layup and he pinned it. Then he stared me down and he said something to me.

"And I was like, 'That's what we're really on right now? We're about to win and you're worried about mean-blocking my shot and talking trash?' And then the whole Tristan and Draymond thing happened and I went back up to him and I was like, 'Yo, what's up? Is this really what we're about right now?'

"And he was like, 'I gotta do that to make sure my teammates know I'm a mentor' and it's a part of his leadership and that type of deal. And I was like, 'I don't want to be the sacrificial lamb for your leadership.' (laughter). Come on man, that's messed up."

Simmons: "I want more of it. I don't want you guys to like each other. This is my biggest problem with this decade. I like that I'm not positive you and LeBron like each other (Curry starts laughing). Watching from afar, it doesn't seem like you like each other. I'm sure there's a mutual respect."

Curry: "There's definitely a mutual respect. I would say though when you see guys working out with each other in the summers and you see guys playing pickup and all that -- when you step foot on the court during the season, it's a totally different environment.

"Guys can be buddies and friends and whatnot and have whatever type of relationship they want to have in the summer and off the court, but the rivalry and competition and egos and all that stuff that lives in an NBA game and when you're trying to hold that trophy ... it's really there and it's not going anywhere."

Simmons: "I don't want you guys to get along. I want adverserial relationships."

Curry: "They're there. They're there. I promise you."

Good. That is awesome.

A couple other takeaways from the podcast:

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

Steph Curry unveils story behind why the Wolves didn't draft him: 'I hope it's true because that's hilarious'

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Steph Curry unveils story behind why the Wolves didn't draft him: 'I hope it's true because that's hilarious'

With the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select... Ricky Rubio.

With the sixth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select... Jonny Flynn.

With the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select... Stephen Curry.

And the rest is history.

As you all know, the man in charge of those selections -- David Kahn -- was fired in 2013 and no longer works in the NBA.

"My guy David Kahn. I don't know where he's at right now," Curry said on The Bill Simmons Podcast. "I don't know if that ever came out -- there's a story. Everybody knows how much I love golf -- play it in my spare time and what not.

"I think the word on the street was that he didn't draft me because in Minnesota it's cold and I wouldn't be able to play as much golf so I would have been miserable."

A shocked Simmons asked Curry: "Is that true?"

"I hope it's true because that's hilarious (laughter)," Curry said. "That's hilarious."

To which Simmons responded: "It was idiotic in the moment. I did a draft diary. I was going nuts. Because if you're gonna take two point guards, how are you not one of the two? And then if you're gonna go all-in on Rubio and you don't even know if he's gonna come over..."

Rubio didn't leave Spain for the NBA until the 2011-12 season, and a hip injury unfortunately ended Flynn's career after just two plus seasons.

There's no way we will ever find out if that golf story is true, but just like Steph... we certainly hope it is.

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