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What Warriors' Steve Kerr admires about Liverpool FC's Jurgen Klopp

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What Warriors' Steve Kerr admires about Liverpool FC's Jurgen Klopp

Steve Kerr's love of Liverpool FC is no secret, 

The Warriors coach was on the edge of his seat watching the Reds' epic UEFA Champions League comeback against FC Barcelona in May, tweeting "You'll Never Walk Alone" afterward. Kerr even channeled Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's famous words after that win, calling the Warriors "f---ing giants" after a gutsy playoff win over the Houston Rockets. 

Though Kerr is known to break a clipboard or two, he and Klopp have very different sideline demeanors. The Liverpool manager is consistently demonstrative, but Kerr believes Klopp's passion has a purpose.

"What I like is that he also seems to enjoy it," Kerr told Roger Bennett in The Men In Blazers Steve Kerr special that will air Sunday on NBCSN. "It's not just that he's a madman. He's laughing, and smiling and fist-pumping, and I love the concept of joy in sports. It's one of the most important values to me and the Warriors. Steph Curry -- you watch him play, and there's so much joy.

"It's a powerful emotion, a powerful factor for a great team of any sport. Joy, enjoying what you're doing and the joy of just feeling young and free, and playing."

Klopp and Liverpool enter Sunday's massive match against reigning champion Manchester City with a six-point lead atop the English Premier League table. The Reds set a league record last season with 97 points, the most by a team that didn't win the title, and they have never lifted the trophy at the end of a Premier League season.

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Liverpool did lift the Champions League trophy in June, but Klopp told Bennett earlier this season that he doesn't define himself by wins and losses, but by his effort to improve himself and those around him. Kerr "absolutely" agreed with the manager's philosophy. 

"When you win a championship, it's an amazing feeling," Kerr said. "But, you know, after you celebrate that night, and the next night and you have a parade, go back to your life. You're still waking up in the morning, and taking care of your family, and going about your business and doing your chores. It's not like life just becomes this easy thing. Nothing ends, you're constantly moving forward and what you realize is the feeling and the relationships you have with the players ... last a lifetime, and that's important. And you want those to continue throughout your life."

You can watch Bennett's interview with Kerr in full Sunday at noon PT on NBCSN.

NBA Draft 2020: Deni Avdija celebrated Warriors' 2015 title in old photo

NBA Draft 2020: Deni Avdija celebrated Warriors' 2015 title in old photo

If the Warriors select 19-year-old Deni Avdija in the early stages of the 2020 NBA Draft, they'll be picking a player who appears to have been a fan of the franchise for at least a quarter of his life.

The Israeli-Serbian forward has been lighting up the Israeli Basketball Premier League for Maccabi Tel Aviv, averaging 18.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. ESPN's NBA draft guru Mike Schmitz describes Avdija as an "aggressive offensive player who is in attack mode every time he steps onto the floor," who, "loves shooting pull-up 3-pointers in transition."

Hmmm. Sound familiar?

That would seem to mirror the way the Warriors played throughout their (still ongoing?) dynastic run. Given a photo posted to Avdija's Instagram in September of 2016, it would appear he has been a fan of Golden State for some time.

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That's the Warriors 2015 NBA Champions hat that Avdija is wearing while apparently sailing off the coast of Spain. A good-looking hat for an even better view.

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Just throwing this out there, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess he's a pretty big fan of Steph Curry, too.

Maybe, just maybe, they'll be teammates within a few months, and Avdija will have more Warriors apparel than he'll know what to do with.

Shaq gives outrageous breakdown of potential Lakers-Warriors matchup

Shaq gives outrageous breakdown of potential Lakers-Warriors matchup

Shaquille O'Neal won't back down from this debate.

The Hall of Fame center is 100 percent convinced his three-peat Los Angeles Lakers were better than the Steph Curry and Kevin Durant-led Warriors.

Shaq has made it clear over the last two years that he believes the 1999 through 2002 championship Lakers would have easily beaten the 2016 through 2019 Warriors in a hypothetical matchup.

The Diesel even claimed that the Warriors wouldn't have been a contender during the Lakers' dominant run.

But in an interview with Maxim Magazine published Tuesday, Shaq said the Lakers starters would have won every 1-on-1 matchup with the Warriors.

Brace yourselves, Warriors fans.

"I have a hard time believing that the greatest coach of all time (Phil Jackson), plus me and Kobe [Bryant], wouldn’t match up quite nicely against Steve Kerr and his gang," Shaq said. "Kobe takes Steph and dominates him. [Derek] Fisher takes Klay and manhandles him. [Rick] Fox takes Draymond and makes him foul out in the first half. Horace [Grant] would do his thing with K.D. But let’s be real, K.D., is a beast, and you can only do so much with him. And then I’d remind [Zaza] Pachulia why I am in the Hall of Fame and he is not."

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Where do we even begin?

Yes, Kobe was an elite defender, but Curry is a generational talent. He would not have been dominated by Bryant. Steph against a prime Kobe would have been must-see TV, but it wouldn't have been as one-sided as Shaq believes.

If Shaq thinks Klay would be manhandled by anyone, let alone Fisher, he hasn't watched the Warriors shooting guard enough. Thompson has five inches on Fisher and would just shoot right over him.

If Fox tried to bully Draymond, the Warriors forward would pull a Doug Christie and sock him in the jaw. Draymond's motor would give him the edge in that matchup.

Durant would get his against Grant or any other defender the Lakers threw at him. You know who he is. He's Kevin Durant.

The only matchup the Lakers win hands down is Shaq vs. Zaza. Sorry, Zaza.

Shaq's Lakers were able to do something the Warriors weren't able to do: Three-peat. But Golden State very likely would have accomplished the feat if Durant and Thompson had been healthy for the entirety of the 2019 NBA Finals.

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Yes, Shaq has every right to defend his Lakers teams, but to say they would completely dominate those Warriors teams is a bit far-fetched. Before Durant arrived, the Warriors won 73 games. After he signed, they steamrolled the league on their way to back-to-back NBA titles, and could have three-peated.

This debate will never be settled, but one thing is for sure. Shaq won't let it go.