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Mike Brown tells story of Warriors' front office supporting Steve Kerr

Mike Brown tells story of Warriors' front office supporting Steve Kerr

The Warriors have fallen on tough times.

After winning three titles and reaching the NBA Finals five straight years, Golden State (3-15) now owns the worst record in the NBA.

But from top to bottom, the organization is in lock-step and pulling in the same direction. How do we know this?

Well, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown revealed the following story during an appearance on "The TK Show" podcast with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic:

"I could possibly get fired for saying this (laughter). But we're in Utah, and we had just come off a tough loss at Dallas. I've been in this league a long time. We had our team dinner and I get there late -- I had my girlfriend with me -- we walk in a little late. You can go at any time.

"First thing that I saw when I walked in, I saw Steve sitting at a table with Bob Myers and Joe Lacob. And they're just chopping it up and having dinner and whatnot. I didn't say anything, but I told Bob the next morning, 'Bob, this might not mean anything to you, but man, when I walked into that restaurant and I saw you and Steve and Joe there just having a good time, talking, and supporting one another ... my heart melted.'

"He looked at me funny. I'm going to put it out there -- there's zero chance that Steve's getting fired (laughter). But for your owner and your general manager to find the time to jump on a plane, fly to Salt Lake City, go to dinner with the head coach to tell him we love you, you're doing a heckuva job ... stay and watch our game (then) fly back to the Bay the next night after our game -- to me that means a whole lot.

"Not only for the three of them, but for our entire team. That's how connected this group is. And it starts from the top. Starts with Joe, Bob and Steve. And when you have leaders like that that are aligned -- they might not agree all the time -- everybody can feel it.

"That helps when you go through tough times of losing games or trying to find your way. That helps immensely and it can't be measured. You probably have the best trio in all of sports."

Strong stuff right there.

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It sounds like everybody has the proper perspective and understands the state of the franchise.

And make no mistake, the Warriors will do everything in their power to get back on a championship track for next season and beyond.

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Steve Kerr issues message to questioning Warriors fans about lineups

Steve Kerr issues message to questioning Warriors fans about lineups

Over Steve Kerr's first five seasons as head coach, the Warriors reached the NBA Finals every year and won three titles.

Despite the unprecedented success, certain corners of the fan base have been vocal (on Twitter mostly) in criticizing some of the eight-time NBA champion's rotations and/or five-man combinations.

Kerr was a guest Wednesday on "The TK Show" podcast with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, and addressed that topic during a conversation about "The Last Dance" documentary on the Chicago Bulls.

"Phil (Jackson) was the guy who was never afraid to play anyone in any situation," Kerr said. "So when Warriors fans are up in arms about the lineup that I throw out there, they should really blame Phil because that's where I learned it. (laughter)."

Now that's some funny stuff right there.

The franchise adopted the "Strength in Numbers" mantra the moment Kerr arrived in May 2014, and the Warriors' depth definitely played a part in the team's incredible success from 2015 to 2019.

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Without diving too deep into it, Dub Nation certainly questioned some of Kerr's decisions in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. But we will leave it at that.

As for Kerr's philosophy, this is what he said back in early May:

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The 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year absolutely is right about this. That dynamic is very powerful and helps build a strong culture.

No coach is perfect. In the end, Warriors fans should trust Kerr's judgment and decision making.

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Warriors GM Bob Myers issues statement on 2019-20 NBA season ending

Warriors GM Bob Myers issues statement on 2019-20 NBA season ending

The Warriors' 2019-20 season officially ended Thursday morning.

Golden State general manager Bob Myers issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“We all recognize that there are much more important and pressing issues in our world right now that need to be addressed and corrected. Basketball is secondary at this point. Nonetheless, it is helpful to have a definitive resolution to our season.

"We can now focus our efforts on preparing for the 2020-21 season and, ideally, putting ourselves in position to be a very successful team. In many respects, despite our won-loss record, we had a productive season this year.

"Our rookies gained valuable experience, several of our young veterans showed marked improvement, our injured players progressed in their rehab, and our culture remained strong.”

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The Warriors finished with the worst record in the NBA at 15-50, which guarantees them a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft (now scheduled for Oct. 15).

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery -- which will take place Aug. 25 -- will determine their exact position.

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After five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, the Dubs will be looking to get back to the top of the mountain after falling hard to the bottom.

"A lot of people saying we can’t win without KD — like we didn’t win without KD already," Draymond Green said on the "All the Smoke" podcast back in April. "Is it gonna be as easy? F--k no. Kevin’s great.

"But with them two guys (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) I’ve been rolling with ... it can get done. And we gonna get it done.”

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