Steve Kerr on being fastest coach to 200 wins: ‘I know how lucky I am’
Steve Kerr on Tuesday became the fastest American professional sports coach to reach 200 career victories courtesy of the Golden State Warriors’ 113-106 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Congrats @SteveKerr on needing the fewest amount of games (238) to reach 200 regular season wins in American pro sports history #DubNation pic.twitter.com/kM8VM66rYj
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) March 29, 2017
While Kerr obviously deserves a lot of credit, he humbly attributed all his coaching successes to the Warriors’ potent, star-studded roster.
“I know how lucky I am,” Kerr said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “Coaching is all about the guys you coach. Are they coachable? Are they talented? Both of those are yes.”
The fact Kerr’s career coaching record is 200-38, highlighted by an NBA-record 73-win 2016-17 regular-season campaign, is nothing short of astounding. The NBA coach who reached 200 career victories the next-fastest was Phil Jackson, who needed 270 games to reach that milestone.
Kerr knows he’s fortunate to have inherited such a formidable lineup.
“These guys are amazing,” Kerr said of the Warriors roster. “I’m really lucky to be able to coach them.”
It’s been a more challenging season for the Warriors than it was last time around. The addition of Kevin Durant — and his subsequent injury — has caused the Warriors to uncharacteristically struggle at times, especially in recent weeks. But Kerr has helped right the ship, as the Warriors have now won eight-straight and remain atop the Western Conference with a 60-14 record.
Criticism is often levied at head coaches who have had the fortune of coaching a talented team — Jackson has been among those — but sometimes being a capable of managing egos and personalities is as important as teaching the X’s and O’s.
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala believes, though, that Kerr is among the best in both areas.
“You have to be able to coach, too, though,” Iguodala noted.