The Golden State Warriors, the defending NBA champions, have had a difficult start to the NBA playoffs. The club was pushed to the limit by division foe Sacramento Kings in the first round, and they dropped the opening game of the second round against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors came back with a vengeance in Game 2 by pulling off a 27-point rout victory to even the series at one game each after losing Game 1 at home to the visiting Lakers.
Veteran forward Draymond Green discussed on his podcast how much he has learned this season from Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and how it has affected him and his team through The Volume.
“Just like losers rub off on people, winners rub off on people. And we’ve had the luxury of having one of the best winners in NBA history rolling with us”
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Before Kerr became an NBA head coach, he enjoyed great success as a player while playing for the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs, where he had the opportunity to learn under two of the game’s all-time great head coaches.
In addition to playing with Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan for the entirety of his career, Kerr also learned from Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich to make the transition into coaching, a field where few people are successful.
In the NBA, only a select few head coaches have been able to maintain their positions over an extended period of time; the others being Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra.
NBA head coaches come and go, as was recently demonstrated by the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to fire Mike Budenholzer following a dismal first-round performance.
Kerr stands out as an exception and keeps going strong as he strives to bring the Warriors their fifth championship.