Steve Kerr

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.

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Steve Kerr, a valuable role player who won three titles with the Bulls and two with the Spurs, is the NBA’s all-time leader in three-point percentage at 45.4.  Last night, Kerr became the first rookie coach to win 19 of his first 21 games after the Warriors extended their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games by defeating the Rockets 105-93.  (David E. Klutho, John W. McDonough/SI)

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Steve Kerr’s response, when asked if his Warriors team — currently on a 16-game winning streak, and with a 21-2 record overall — could come close to matching  the 1995-96 Bulls team he played on who went 72-10.

His biggest reason why not was of course Michael Jordan:

“What I remember that year is there were about 10 games where Michael just decided, ‘We’re going to win,‘” he said. “And every other team on Earth would have lost those 10 games. And Michael Jordan was … there’ll never be another one. Nobody has ever come close, and I don’t think anybody ever will. He wanted to break that Lakers record of 69 wins, so he decided we would do it, so we did it. There’s only one Michael.”