Steve Kerr thinks Warriors can improve fans' energy by playing better

Steve Kerr thinks Warriors can improve fans' energy by playing better

OAKLAND - Following Sunday's loss to the Phoenix Suns, Warriors guard Klay Thompson urged the Oracle Arena crowd to be better, and lamented the lack of energy from the home fans.

Fewer than 24 hours later, Warriors coach Steve Kerr took a more diplomatic approach when he was asked about Golden State's homecourt advantage. Kerr admitted a change in fan engagement, but noted the team's on-court play can be a factor in how spectators cheer. 

"I don't think there are any obligations," Kerr said Monday. "The teams that I cheer for, I don't feel obligated to cheer. There's no obligation. People follow us, people are sports fans because they are interested the team and the sport and the energy of it all, and it's on the team to make it interesting and make it compelling.

"I think we've done a pretty good job of that here and we've been blessed to have amazing fans here in the Bay Area, so it all ties together. Let's put a better effort out on the floor, and give our fans something to cheer for."

Thompson criticized the crowd on Sunday, saying he expects fans "to be a little more into it" during games. On Monday, Kerr said he agreed with Thompson, saying that fans have become accustomed to a certain standard over the last five years,

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But, Kerr thinks the Warriors, who have lost three of their last five games at home, can control fan reaction with on-court play. 

“I think I understood what he was talking about but like I said its all tied together," Kerr said. "When you play well, when you play with a great energy, a great pace and spirit, fans are going to be naturally more excited. And on the flip side, the fans were probably more excited five years ago than they are now because the journey was fresh and new and it's different now. It's different for everybody.

"I do know one thing, we thrive off on the energy at Oracle. The fans have helped us win at a high level and we need them, but we have to give them more to cheer about."

Warriors fans will next have an opportunity to plead their case on March 21, when Golden State hosts the Indiana Pacers.

Klay Thompson gets trolled again by friend Zaza Pachulia on Instagram

Klay Thompson gets trolled again by friend Zaza Pachulia on Instagram

Death, taxes and Zaza Pachulia bashing on Klay Thompson.

Those are the guarantees in life. But it's all in good fun, even on matters of the heart.

Klay recently posted a cute photo while he was in France with Laura Harrier. It was so precious, but Zaza had to ruin the moment:

"Finally somebody loves you bro," Zaza commented.

Don't worry, they're close friends and do this from time to time.

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When Klay suffered his torn left ACL, Zaza posted a sweet video on Instagram to wish him a speedy recovery -- and only because he wanted to have a dunk contest rematch. 

That's what friends are for.

Team USA's 78-game international win streak snapped with Australia loss

Team USA's 78-game international win streak snapped with Australia loss

Don't bet on the B team. 

In stunning fashion, the United States Men's National Basketball Team had their 78-game international winning streak snapped on Friday with a 98-94 loss to Australia. The loss was Team USA's first defeat in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals. 

With the 2019 FIBA World Cup a week away, this depleted Team USA is far from winning gold. 

Kings forward Harrison Barnes is a veteran for Team USA and scored 20 points in the loss. He was Team USA's second-leading scorer behind Celtics point guard Kemba Walker, who dropped 22. Barnes also led Team USA with six rebounds and made three of his five 3-point attempts. 

Team USA, led by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr, had no answer for Australia's pesky point guard Patty Mills. The longtime Spurs guard, who Popovich is well acquainted with, scored a game-high 30 points and drained four shots from beyond the arc. 

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"As I told you all after the last game, Patty's a pain,'' Popovich told reporters. 

Team USA's next tune-up before the World Cup comes Monday in Sydney, Australia against Canada.