Steve Kerr went on the radio and called out Dan Gilbert, the NBA owners, and finally the amorphous “basketball reasons" surrounding the CP3 trade with the Lakers.

About Gilbert’s email, Kerr said:

"It’s such a crock that he would even mention that. That guy is a billionaire, they have been way over the cap while they had LeBron, way over the tax. He’s still upset that he lost LeBron and he needs to get over it. LeBron gave that franchise the best seven years they have ever had. He was a free agent and he decided to leave. Nobody likes the way LeBron left, even he apologized for it the other night on TV but the fact is there is a thing called free agency and if a superstar player wants to leave when they are agents, they can leave."

Kerr on NBA owners involved in the blocking of the trade sending Paul to the Lakers (for a substantial haul to the Hornets):

"Every one of them is wrong and I don’t know how many there are either but I’ve been angry all day long about this whole thing because I think it was a great basketball trade. There are so many trades made these days that are lousy trades that are made for financial purposes … The problem I have is that this was a great trade for the Hornets. There’s no way they can duplicate that. I thought Dell Demps did an incredible job. You end up with three legitimate good players in (Luis) Scola, Kevin Martin, and (Lamar) Odom. You get a first round pick, you get Goran Dragic who I like and a guy I drafted in Phoenix. He’s a good player. You’re telling me you’re going to deny that for basketball reasons when every single other analyst out there and every GM thinks they hit a home run with that trade. And by the way in seven months if they play it out they are getting nothing."

Then Kerr uses one of his own trades as the GM of the Phoenix Suns to explain away Stern and Co.’s absurd assertion they nixed the trade for “basketball reasons.”

I made one of the worst trades in NBA history. I traded Kurt Thomas and two first round picks to Seattle for nothing, to save 16 million dollars for our organization. Where was the NBA then to veto that trade for basketball reasons?”

Steve Kerr is amazing. If I’m an NBA owner that was just dissed, I’d try to hire him. He’s legit, and tells you what’s going on without the glare of a glossy finish. He’s a straight-shooter all the way.

[SportsRadioInterviews; H/T Deadspin; game winning shot pic via]

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NBA Playoffs Throwback: San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks, 2003 Western Conference Finals, game 6

Steve Kerr and Stephen Jackson lead the Spurs to a come from behind victory in game 6 of the 2003 Western Conference Finals. The Spurs outscored the Mavericks 42-15 once Kerr entered the game. San Antonio outscored Dallas 34-9 in the 4th quarter and had an amazing 23-0 run in the 4th to turn a 13 point deficit into a 10 point lead. Steve Kerr was 4-4 from 3 point range and was vital in pumping life back into the Spurs offense.

The win sent the Spurs to the Finals where they defeated the New Jersey Nets 4-2.