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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.

Six under-radar free agents Warriors could pursue signing in offseason

Six under-radar free agents Warriors could pursue signing in offseason

The Warriors need to shore up their depth at key positions if they intend to make a run at the NBA title next season.

If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are healthy next season, the front office will have to mix and match with what they already have filling out the roster, bringing in new additions with limited money to spend.The Warriors will only have the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts at their disposal to hand out to unrestricted free agents.

We already examined the guards, wings and big men who clearly could interest the Warriors. But what about the free agents who might not immediately catch your eye?

With limited salary-cap room at their disposal, perhaps those are the exact type of players the Warriors should pursue.

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NBA rumors: Warriors wouldn't have let Steph Curry play in Orlando

NBA rumors: Warriors wouldn't have let Steph Curry play in Orlando

The NBA reportedly is considering creating a second "bubble" in Chicago for the eight teams that were not included in the Orlando bubble as part of the league's expanded playoff format. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Thursday that Golden State potentially would participate, despite coach Steve Kerr previously insisting that the Dubs would not be interested in such a setup.

It remains to be seen if the second bubble actually will take place, but even if it does, it sure seems like you won't be seeing Steph Curry play in it. ESPN's Jackie MacMullan reported he wouldn't have played in Orlando had the Warriors qualified, and it begs the question as to why Chicago would be any different.

"I was told unequivocally by people at Golden State," MacMullan said Thursday on the "Hoop Collective" podcast, "if Golden State came back (to play in Orlando) they weren't gonna let Steph Curry step foot on the floor."

"The reason they were worried about Steph Curry," MacMullan added, "was because they didn't feel that he had played enough to come back."

So, there you have it. The Warriors arguably would have very little to gain from participating in the Chicago bubble, and given that there is no championship at stake -- like there is in Orlando -- Golden State doesn't have much motivation to send its star veteran players, especially those that are returning from injury.

Curry played in precisely one of the Warriors' final 61 games before the season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic after returning from a broken wrist. And if he isn't going to play, you can bet Klay Thompson -- who would be returning from a torn ACL -- won't either.

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Draymond Green previously said that he would have played in Orlando, but if the Splash Brothers are out, why would Golden State risk the health of the other remaining piece of its championship core?

The Warriors need to find a way to stay in basketball shape and continue developing chemistry over what is going to be an extremely long layoff before the start of next season. But if Curry, Thompson and Green aren't involved, then that kind of ruins the whole point.

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