‘When His Superstars Don’t Play the Team Struggles’- Former NBA Champion Questions Warriors’ Steve Kerr’s Coaching

Published 04/03/2021, 11:19 AM EDT
Jan 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr calls out from the sidelines during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors look to be going through their second season of mediocrity. After dominating the league for 5 years and winning 3 NBA Championships, the Warriors saw their team implode in the 2019 off-season. After a Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors which saw Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson get hurt, the team was overhauled.

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Veterans like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston left the team. However, the bigger blow was Kevin Durant leaving for the Nets.

With a revolving door of players, new draft picks, and Thompson getting hurt again, the Warriors are looking bad. They are in the Western Conference play-in race but aren’t expected to make a deep playoff run. Kendrick Perkins knows who to blame.

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While Steve Kerr’s situation was extremely favorable, it isn’t fair to say that this current situation is his fault. The injuries and departures were hard to deal with, considering how quickly they happened. But they still have Steph Curry and Draymond Green, along with a core of solid rotational players. So, is Kerr to blame for the last two seasons?

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The system that Kerr played the Warriors under was extremely effective. Getting a collection of talent is one thing, but putting them together to be effective is another.

Last season, the Warriors were absolutely beaten down with injuries. That led to the worst record in the league and the #3 pick, but James Wiseman is developing slowly.

Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr yells from the bench during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

This season is a little less inexcusable. They still have one of the greatest players in the game playing big minutes.

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However, the collection of talent around him has just not coalesced. How much of a difference would getting Klay Thompson back achieve if the team is already struggling like this?

The NBA is taking revenge on the Warriors for their years of domination. Along with that, teams have caught up to the Warriors style, which was ground-breaking when it surfaced.

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People hailed Kerr then, so maybe we shouldn’t jump off the bandwagon for the coach just yet. But, a 53-point loss is rarely excusable, and Kerr is facing the heat for it.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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