There’s no denying that Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been one of the most successful coaches in the NBA over the past few years. Nonetheless, this has not prevented some folks from criticizing some of Kerr’s rather unusual lineups.

The 54-year-old addressed this issue on a recent appearance on “The TK Show” podcast of The Athletic, and according to Steve Kerr, none other than former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson is to blame for Kerr’s unorthodox style.

“Phil (Jackson) was the guy who was never afraid to play anyone in any situation,” Steve Kerr said, via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports. “So when Warriors fans are up in arms about the lineup that I throw out there, they should really blame Phil because that’s where I learned it. (laughter).”

Steve Kerr played under Jackson with the Bulls between 1994 and 1998 (as part of Chicago’s second three-peat), and while their time together may have been short-lived, it is clear that Kerr learned a lot from the legendary shot-caller.

For a coach to be able to field any player (or any combination of players) at any point in a game — regardless of the gravity of the situation — is an ultimate sign of confidence in his players. This is the very philosophy that Steve Kerr lives by, and he does not seem to mind the criticism too much. At the end of the day, it’s all about winning anyway, and this is certainly something Kerr and his Warriors excel at. Notwithstanding the 2019-20 season, of course.

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