Kerr on Otto, Mavs, Kuminga, Draymond, Wiggins, Brunson
…and Seinfeld’s George Constanza, beer mugs [video!]
Steve Kerr spoke after Golden State Warriors practice today, two days before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. Stephen Curry also took the podium but we’ll cover that in a follow-up post. The video below is the entire Kerr interview, while the clickable video above contains the rest of the behind-the-scenes from practice, and you’ll find the notes & quotes underneath👇
DISCLAIMER: These are all just notes for my main workflow of YouTube videos, tweeted by beatwriters. I used to transcribe every interview but it became too tedious and not worth the investment for the small amount of views we got on the soundbites on YouTube. The links to the tweets are not available because sometimes I don’t use the full tweet and just having a ton of tweets on this website imo isn’t aesthetically pleasing and gets away from the main goal: transferring information (not so much entertainment) asap.
• Otto Porter Jr. went through a full practice today and “feels good”, Steve Kerr says. He’s probable for Game 1 on Wednesday. (CJ Holmes)
• On the Mavs beating the Suns: “It didn’t surprise me that Dallas won because they’re a hell of a team...I think this Dallas team is very similar to that Rockets team from a few years ago…The differential was shocking. You just didn't expect to see that. ... Dallas was just really impressive.” (John Dickinson, Connor Letourneau, Callie Caplan)
• On Kuminga: “He’s part of the game plan for sure.” (Monte Poole)
• What does Steve Kerr see when Draymond Green consistently puts his head down and drives to the rim? “I see victory.” (Holmes)
• Kerr was asked if he almost broke a clipboard while watching the Warriors from home: “No, but the beer mug I was drinking my beer out of was close to being shattered after a couple of those turnovers.” (Dickinson)
• Kerr will use the Costanza theory to address Warriors turnover issue, which is not mention them: “If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you remember Costanza did everything the exact opposite of what he was supposed to do and life turned out great for him.” (Shayna Rubin)
• Kerr, early 2000s Trail Blazers teammates with Rick Brunson, on Jalen Brunson: "My wife and I last night were trying to picture him in the kids' room. He was probably 2 years old. ... He is a really strong driver. He's just a bull and he's become a hell of a player.” (Caplan)
• On the importance of Wiggins’ role: “We'd be in big trouble without Wiggs.” (NBCSBA)
Dallas is like the Rockets: dominant ball handler and scorer surrounded by 3 pt shooters. All the other playoff teams save Boston are the same way. Can only afford one superstar salary. GSW found a way to beat those Rocket teams, and they'll trot out that strategy from here on. I doubt turning the ball over was part of the plan back then.
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