Steve Kerr says Warriors are ‘playing with some house money’
Coming off consecutive NBA titles and favored to win a championship again for a three-peat, Steve Kerr recognizes just how good the Golden State Warriors have it. And the Warriors head coach is not shy about readily admitting as much. What’s more, Kerr feels the Warriors should feel entitled to enjoy the spoils.
“We are playing with some house money… Our place in the history of the league is pretty secure,” Kerr said, via The Mercury News. “I don’t think our guys should feel a ton of pressure. I think they should feel the importance of trying to do it again, because this may be the last time we have this current iteration of the Warriors, just given all the free agents and the money crunch and everything else.
We don’t know what’s going to happen. So why not just go all out and enjoy every step of the way?”
The Warriors’ four-headed monster of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will soon enjoy the the addition of DeMarcus Cousins, who is progressing along well from an Achilles injury suffered last season.
With a team as loaded as the Warriors, though, complacency, even boredom, could turn into a problem during a marathon 82-game season. Kerr recognizes as much and attempts to keep his message clear.
“There’s no formula for this stuff. You just try to feel it as a coach. I’m usually pretty frank with you guys, with the players. So I didn’t want to come in last year and sugarcoat it and say this is all going to be real easy. I knew exactly what they were facing, having gone through a similar experience as a player,” Kerr said. “I thought last year we made it through. It was a grind and we won.”
The Warriors organization, from ownership to management to coaches to players, presumably recognize the 2018-19 run could be the last as the roster stands in its current incarnation. There’s no guarantee the team will be able to keep the band together. So, as Kerr stresses, everyone might as well enjoy the ride.