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Steve Kerr on coaching Warriors: ‘These things don’t last forever’

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Steve Kerr obviously couldn’t have fallen into a better situation two seasons ago with his first NBA head coaching job. The Golden State Warriors, loaded with talent, posted a 67-15 regular season record before a dominant postseason run culminated with an NBA title.

And things only have improved from there. While Kerr’s second season on the Warriors bench got off to a rough start as he was forced to take a leave of absence due to complications from back surgery and didn’t coach a game until Jan. 22, 2016, missing the Warriors’ first 43 games.

Still, a record-breaking 73-9 regular season and now another appearance in the Western Conference Finals — if not more — is the wonderful situation Kerr currently finds himself in.

Kerry recently sat down with ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss for a Q&Aduring which myriad topics were discussed. But perhaps the most interesting thing that can be gleaned from the interview is how Kerr made it clear he’s enjoying the amazing ride, because, as he puts it, “these things don’t last forever.”

Kerr also discussed what it was like to lose an assistant — not to mention a confidante — in Walton, who he called a “close friend.” Kerr admitted it will be “tough to replace” Walton, whose tremendous performance in Kerr’s absence landed him his first head coaching gig with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I mean you develop this bond where you’re together every day at home and on the road, you go out to dinner on the road, and you watch tape together, you joke, you talk s— to each other, and you laugh constantly, and then that person goes to a new team. That’s it.”

Kerr was asked by Strauss what is the worst part of his job, and the coach said the long, late-night flights home are rough. But he nevertheless acknowledged he hasn’t yet experienced the least desirable aspect of coaching.

“I haven’t really felt what truly would be the worst part of the job, which would be losing,” he said. “I haven’t had to feel that yet, because I inherited this great roster and talented team. Right now we’re on a joy ride, and we know that. I’m also well-aware that these things don’t last forever, and you enjoy it while you can. Losing is no fun.”