Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown says “there’s zero chance” head coach Steve Kerr will be fired.
The Warriors, after going to the NBA Finals five straight seasons, have the worst record in the NBA right now. The Dubs are well on their way to missing the playoffs this season, as Stephen Curry is out with a broken hand and Klay Thompson is still rehabbing his ACL tear.
Despite the tough times in Golden State, Warriors owner Joe Lacob and general manager Boy Myers are fully supportive of Kerr, according to Brown:
“I could possibly get fired for saying this (laughter). But we’re in Utah, and we had just come off a tough loss at Dallas. I’ve been in this league a long time. We had our team dinner and I get there late — I had my girlfriend with me — we walk in a little late. You can go at any time,” Brown said during an appearance on “The TK Show” podcast with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, via NBC Sports Bay Area.
“First thing that I saw when I walked in, I saw Steve sitting at a table with Bob Myers and Joe Lacob. And they’re just chopping it up and having dinner and whatnot. I didn’t say anything, but I told Bob the next morning, ‘Bob, this might not mean anything to you, but man, when I walked into that restaurant and I saw you and Steve and Joe there just having a good time, talking, and supporting one another … my heart melted.’
“He looked at me funny. I’m going to put it out there — there’s zero chance that Steve’s getting fired (laughter). But for your owner and your general manager to find the time to jump on a plane, fly to Salt Lake City, go to dinner with the head coach to tell him we love you, you’re doing a heckuva job … stay and watch our game (then) fly back to the Bay the next night after our game — to me that means a whole lot.”
The Warriors are 3-15 entering Wednesday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls. It appears this season is going to be about developing Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole and Ky Bowman, and Lacob and Myers trust Kerr for that role.
Golden State should return to glory next season once the injured stars are back, and there’s nobody better than Kerr to be at the helm when that happens.