Steve Kerr admits Warriors would’ve struggled in 2019-20 even with Stephen Curry
The moment two-time MVP Stephen Curry broke his wrist on Oct. 31, the Golden State Warriors’ attempt at a sixth-straight NBA Finals appearance came to a screeching halt (the team was 1-3 at the time). But head coach Steve Kerr thinks the Dubs’ hopes of contending in 2019-20 might have been dashed earlier than that.
When asked what the Warriors’ season would have looked like had Curry remained healthy, Kerr acknowledged that it would have been a challenge to compete with the league’s best.
“Well to be honest, I think it still would’ve been a struggle,” Kerr said in the “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky” podcast on 95.7 The Game. “I think there were just too many factors that were going against us. Obviously, we would’ve won a lot more games. Steph is so talented that he would’ve undoubtedly won plenty of games on his own.”
With Klay Thompson out for the season due to a torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Curry’s extended injury seemed like the nail in the coffin for Golden State. On the bright side, it also provided an overdue opportunity for the franchise—its staff and stars—to recharge, snag a top draft pick, and recover in time for the 2020-21 campaign.
And Kerr doesn’t seem to mind the Splash Brothers getting some time off, either.
“He almost needed the break,” the head coach said. “And Klay almost needed the break that they’re getting. Now, maybe this is too long of a break…I think it would’ve been a tough year anyway, to be perfectly blunt.”
After missing four months with a wrist injury, Curry returned to the floor on Mar. 5, putting up 23 points (6-of-16 on the field and 3-of-12 from 3-point distance), seven assists, and six rebounds in a loss to the Toronto Raptors in a rematch of the 2019 Finals. Curry intended to play out the season, though he was inactive for the next two contests prior to the league suspending the season on March 12.
Golden State (15-50) posted the worst record in basketball this season.