After the high profile signing of Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr appears to be in a jovial mood.
Last night marked the night of Durant’s first official appearance as a Warrior, taking the platform to answer questions in an inaugural press conference. As reported by David Aldridge of TNT, Kerr joked about the role that the former Texas Longhorn will play.
Steve Kerr, asked how KD will fit in: “well, I haven’t made the decision yet, but he might start."
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 7, 2016
You can hear echoes of Kerr’s mentor Gregg Popovich in some of the witty responses he hands to the media. As well as being involved with two of best regular season teams of all time, he also carries some comedic value.
If he remains healthy, it is highly likely that Durant will fit seamlessly into this Warriors team. Whilst they may struggle to improve on their 73-9 record from last year, the team will be considered a frightening force heading into the playoffs now that they have another top five player on their roster.
This subject is not dissimilar to something that Kerr has joked about in the past. In the documentary Michael Jordan To The Max, Kerr recalls a conversation that he had with former Bull, Jud Buechler about whether or not Michael Jordan would be in the starting line-up when he came back from his first retirement.
“Jud and I were driving to the game and I said, ‘Jud, does Phil start Michael? I mean, he hasn’t been here in 60-65 games.’ Jud looked at me and he said, ‘Steve, as a general rule, when you have your own statue outside the stadium, you don’t come off the bench'”
Kerr may have a history of seeing the funny side of things but when the next season comes around, he will take the task of maximizing Kevin Durant’s abilities very seriously.
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