Before he was a championship head coach for the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr served as General Manager Steve Kerr at a time when the Suns were still competitive, and under the watch of head coach Mike D’Antoni.
That tenure didn’t yield the results that the team and the fans were hoping for and Kerr looks at the situation with regret nowadays.
“I have some regrets,” Kerr said, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News.
“I think we had a few differences that I probably didn’t handle very well as a GM that I could’ve probably handled better, especially given that we really like each other and have a lot of similar viewpoints on the game.”
Kerr took over the “7 Seconds or Less” Suns and traded a productive Shawn Marion for an aged Shaquille O’Neal and fueling the departure of head coach D’Antoni to the New York Knicks.
“I should have let Mike know, ‘It’s okay, keep kicking [butt] and keep going, and we’ll make some moves that aren’t so radical that fit more with who we are as an organization,” Kerr said. “We swung for the fences, and it was not the right move to make as an organization. I didn’t envision that as GM. I didn’t have the macro view of what we needed to do….
“I needed to tell Mike, ‘It’s okay if we don’t win the championship,’” Kerr said. “We were so desperate to win. But not everybody can win. But what you can do is keep putting yourself in a position to get there. Then maybe the breaks fall your way.”
Kerr struggled before his eventual exit but found his way to the sidelines of the Warriors.
Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Discusses Recovery from Achilles Injury
Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is discussing the difficulat road to recovery he has faced as he has battled back from the Achilles injury he suffered late last season while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans.
“It’s really tested me as a person, as a man, as an athlete” Cousins said, according to Logan Murdock The Mercury News. I’ve had a lot of dark days, a lot of good days. I’ve questioned myself a lot but I’ve found a way to overcome all those bad feelings so I see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Cousins is currently practicing with the team and is inching closer to a return to the court, where he will make his official debut with Golden State.
Warriors’ Damian Jones Undergoes Pectoral Surgery
Per the announcement, Jones will be out indefinitely, and if he does end up missing the rest of the season Golden State could apply for a disabled player exception although it wouldn’t be a financial rewarding route.
Jones has chipped in 5.4 ppg and 3.1 rpg for the Warriors this season.
Warriors Expected to Pick Up Damian Jones’ Option
By executing the move, Golden State would add $2,305,057 in guaranteed money to the books for 2019-2020, and will increase the projected tax bill, boosting them well over the luxury tax threshold if the team brings back superstars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who are both pending free agents.
Jones has performed well during his time on the court this season, averaging 6.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, and 1.4 BPG in 8 games, all starts.
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