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Why Kerr 'never thinks' about choosing Warriors over Knicks

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Steve Kerr found himself in an unique predicament in 2014, when he was about to become a NBA head coach for the first time.

Kerr enjoyed a lengthy 15-year career in the NBA, but had zero previous experience as a coach. Despite that, Kerr was sandwiched between two teams, the Warriors and the New York Knicks, who both wanted him at the helm. 

Obviously, Kerr picked Golden State. Fast forward seven years, and it's safe to say there's no regret there, even as the Warriors prepare to host the Knicks on Thursday night. Kerr joined NBC Sports analyst Grant Liffmann on the Dubs Talk Podcast, saying at this point in his career, he doesn't even think about that decision.

"I never think about that," Kerr said. "Why would I? Things worked out pretty well."

That they did. 

Kerr's hiring ended up being a remarkable feat by the Warriors. They tabbed someone who never even held a assistant coaching job or player development role, but he ran with his first head-coaching job.

In his first season as head coach, Kerr and the Warriors surged to the NBA Finals, toppling LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for Golden State's first championship since the 1974-75 season. In turn, Kerr became the first rookie coach to win a championship since Pat Riley with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982.

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Of course, Kerr's success was far from stopping there. The Warriors appeared in the Finals in each of the next four seasons. In 2015-16, Golden State ripped through the league, going 73-9 in the regular season. Although the Warriors would fall in their rematch with the Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Finals, Kerr was still named the NBA's Coach of the Year. He also locked up two more titles, with the Warriors winning back-to-back championships in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

 

Now, Kerr finds himself in uncharted territory, as he's tasked with restructuring a young and relatively inexperienced Warriors team. Although they might resemble a stark contrast to teams prior, Kerr wouldn't want to be with any other team. 

Why would he? 

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