Some NBA head coaches might be better than Steve Kerr when it comes to strategy, but the Golden State Warriors coach certainly knows how to get the most out of his players.
Kerr’s job seemingly is simplified by the Warriors’ abundance of talent, but there’s a delicate balance to strike when managing big stars (and big egos) like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.
That’s even trickier when things aren’t going well. Golden State’s struggles, of course, are few and far between, but Kerr showed Sunday in New York he knows which buttons to push when things don’t look great.
The Dubs entered Sunday’s game with the lowly Knicks having lost two in a row, and the contest was anything but a runaway in the first half.
Curry, who made just four of 31 3-point attempts over a three-game span prior to Sunday, again struggled to find his shot early against New York. But Kerr then spoke with the superstar, stressing to Curry in a conversation captured by ABC that his contributions run deeper than his point total.
Simple, yet effective.
It sure seems the message got through to the former league MVP, too. Curry posted 13 points in the third quarter on his way to a game-high 31, as the Warriors got back on the winning track with a 112-105 victory.