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Steve Kerr explains Liverpool fandom, recounts epic comeback vs. Barcelona

Steve Kerr explains Liverpool fandom, recounts epic comeback vs. Barcelona

Steve Kerr knows a thing or two about comebacks.

The Warriors head coach has been on both sides of three-games-to-one series reversals, seeing his Dubs roar back to beat the Thunder in seven games during the Western Conference finals. Then, Kerr's vaunted Warriors fumbled away the same series lead to the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals, as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving broke Golden State's heart. 

As far as comebacks go, those are near the top of the list for greatest comebacks in history. While impressive, another comeback sticks in Kerr's mind. One that occurred half the world away.

On May 7, 2019, Kerr's beloved Liverpool entered the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal against Spanish soccer giant Barcelona needing to win by four goals to erase a three-goal aggregate deficit and advance to the finals. The Reds stunned Kerr and the rest of the soccer world when they netted three second-half goals to win 4-0 and knock off Barcelona. 

Kerr watched the game on the Warriors' team flight home from Houston following their Game 4 loss to the Rockets in the West semis. He wasn't expecting the outcome, but it is something he'll never forget. 

"I'm going in thinking, no chance," Kerr told Roger Bennett on The Men in Blazers Steve Kerr special that will air Sunday at Noon on NBC Sports Network. "But I'm going to watch. They have to win by four against one of the great teams ever. When it was one-nil at half I'm thinking, 'OK, if they can get a quick one, now it gets interesting.' And they got that quick one. So now, all of a sudden, we're all crowded around the computer. What ensued over the next 40 minutes was one of the great sporting events I have ever watched in my life. it was incredible."

Liverpool is one of the most prestigious clubs in European soccer. It's a loaded bandwagon, but Kerr hopped on due to his appreciation for star striker Mo Salah.

"I chose Liverpool, I'm sorry," Kerr told Bennett, who is a longtime supporter of Everton FC. "It had everything to do with Mo Salah and his Egyptian roots. I have a soft spot for Egypt. It's a wonderful country. That's my guy, Liverpool is my team."

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Kerr's Warriors might need to take a lesson from the grit shown by Liverpool during its epic comeback.

After years at the top, the Dubs are in a season of transition. Kevin Durant left the Bay for the Nets, while Steph Curry (broken hand), Klay Thompson (torn ACL) and Draymond Green (torn finger ligament) have suffered injuries and will miss some of or, in Thompson's case, all of the season.

You can watch The Men in Blazers Steve Kerr special Sunday, Nov. 10 at Noon PT on NBC Sports Network.

Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

D'Angelo Russell is rapidly approaching a date some NBA observers have circled since the Warriors acquired him this summer.

Golden State can trade Russell as soon as Sunday, Dec. 15, and the 23-year-old has been the source of trade speculation during his time in the Bay Area. The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reported Wednesday, citing sources that the Minnesota Timberwolves "remain interested in Russell" and that the guard "seems to be realistic in understanding that he may not be long for the Warriors once Steph Curry and Klay Thompson return to full health."

Russell is averaging a career-high 22.4 points per game this season to go with 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, serving as the top offensive option in the absence of his All-Star teammates. He knew he wouldn't play much with Thompson this season as he recovers from a torn ACL, but Curry's broken hand threw a wrench into the Warriors' -- and thus Russell's -- prospects this season. Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised how Russell has handled the rumors surrounding him. 

"Money doesn't buy peace of mind," Kerr said Friday morning (H/T San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau). "It doesn't buy a sense of belonging, a sense of, 'Alright, this is my team.' If there's speculation that you're going to be traded all the time, I don't care how much money you make, I don't care who you are. That's tough. That's no fun to deal with, and this season has been nowhere close to what D'Angelo thought it would be when he first signed with us.

"There's no Steph. We're struggling to win games. He's had his own injuries, and we're throwing all kinds of different lineups out there based on the other injuries we've faced." 

Russell has played in just 15 of the Warriors' 27 games this season, playing on a team that looks far more like the Los Angeles Lakers of his first two seasons than the playoff-contending Brooklyn Nets a year ago -- let alone the reigning Western Conference champion Warriors. 

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Kerr, who entered this season with the highest winning percentage in NBA history (.785), is as aware of Golden State's dramatically different reality as anyone. He said it has only brought out the best in Russell. 

"So given all that, he's played really well, and he's been a great teammate and he's doing everything he needs to do to solidify his position here," Kerr continued. "But this is the NBA here, and we never know what's coming, what's happening. So, it's a difficult position to be in in general, but for him in particular it's strange set of circumstances and he's handling it really well." 

Whether or not the Warriors trade Russell, it's clear Kerr holds him in high regard.

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Warriors two-way guard Ky Bowman made his G League debut Friday night in Santa Cruz.

He dominated the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. 

The Boston College product could have scored 40 points if he really wanted to, but he picked his spots and made sure his teammates were getting good looks.

After shootaround in Utah on Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked what Bowman can work on while he's with the Sea Dubs.

"He's got a really aggressive mindset -- which I like -- but there are still circumstances and situations where he needs to think more pass," Kerr said. "And more strategic, rather than just score, score, score."

Bowman clearly listened to the eight-time NBA champion.

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Also, "Sky Bowman" was on full display.

The 22-year-old will be back in action Sunday afternoon as Santa Cruz faces the Northern Arizona Suns. Watch the game at 2:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

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