Steve Kerr is leaving the story arc from last year’s historic collapse for the media.
The Warriors coach abstains from seeing the 2016 NBA Finals crash against the Cavaliers as fuel for revenge.
“I don’t think it’s this mission, like, Oh my god, we got to make up for what happened. That’s how fans look at it,” Kerr told Bleacher Report’s Erik Malinowski. “That’s how the media looks at it: You got to make amends, you got to make up for a 3-1 collapse. It doesn’t work that way. You just go out and play and do your best.”
Thus, Kerr is not super-stressed about how this edition of the playoffs pans out.
“If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen,” Kerr said about winning the championship this year. “But we’re not going to turn it into some dramatic saga.”
Partly, that’s because Kerr recognizes the difficulty of capturing a title — especially since he led the Warriors to one in 2015.
“We’re all aware that it’s really hard,” Kerr said, “and there are a lot of other teams that are really good and they want to win, too.”
Kerr is as competitive about it as any other, according to a former teammate.
“He’s got a hidden temper,” former Bulls center Stacey King told Bleacher Report about Kerr. “All of us have tempers, but you don’t expect it from a guy like him, a guy who’s articulate, a guy who’s so even-keeled. When you watch him and talk to him, he’s got a great sense of humor, he has a great understanding of society, things that are going on in the world. He’s…
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