Steve Kerr is pulling for Kansas City in Super Bowl LV, in no small part because he sees a lot of similarities to the Warriors.
"A good friend of mine sent me a text last week and it just said very simply, '[Patrick] Mahomes, [Travis] Kelce and [Tyreek] Hill equals [Kevin Durant], Klay [Thompson] and Steph [Curry],' " the Warriors coach recalled Friday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky."
"I thought, 'That's a pretty good analogy.' Those guys are so explosive, and they're incredible to watch."
The parallels are hard to ignore, with Kansas City's innovative (and highly entertaining) offense paving the way for a dynastic run atop the NFL similar to Golden State's in the NBA last decade. Sunday's Super Bowl appearance, Kansas City's second straight, felt like an inevitability all season, much like the Warriors' trip to the 2016 NBA Finals after a 73-9 regular season.
The Warriors' experience even offers two cautionary tales. Don't underestimate an older counterpart with something to prove, and appreciate the runs while you still can.
For one, Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers could play the role Sunday of LeBron James and the 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers. Brady, 43, is considerably older than James was in Cleveland's seven-game NBA Finals upset, but the quarterback -- like James, the greatest player of his generation -- is trying to further cement his place in history by holding off the new preeminent contenders on the block. Of course, the Warriors never lost to James once Durant was on the roster, and Kansas City already has its own KD in Kerr's friend's analogy.
For another, Curry, Durant and Thompson only played together for three seasons before Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent in 2019. Many assumed the Warriors would reign over the NBA for far longer than that when Durant first left the Oklahoma City Thunder, but a lot can change in such a short amount of time. That's especially true in the NFL, where the careers are much shorter and there is far more roster turnover.
Kerr probably won't be thinking about all of that when he watches the Super Bowl on Sunday, but he nonetheless will be thinking of the Warriors' own success.