Steve Kerr expected Warriors’ huge drop even before Stephen Curry’s injury
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was keenly aware that they were not going to be contenders this season before it even started. This was way before the Stephen Curry injury, which several tagged as the main culprit for the Dubs’ huge drop.
In an interview with Wes Goldberg of The Mercury News, Kerr shared when they lost their key players in the offseason, he already knew that the organization was about to head to another direction in the 2019-20 season.
“It was even before that. I mean, I don’t think the general public really saw what was happening until Steph’s injury. But, where we were, as a team, before Steph’s injury, we were going to take a huge drop just based on losing Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston.”
Kerr admitted that it was ‘comical’ to hear that the Warriors were still a championship contender despite losing their key pieces. Even in training camp, the head coach already knew that they’re about to endure a tough season for the first time in five years.
“So, it was sort of comical for me to hear people preseason talking about our team as a contender, because we weren’t anything close to a contender.
“I think it took Steph’s injury for people to realize how much we lost. But it was sort of mind boggling anyone could expect us to lose that kind of fire power and wherewithal, and knowledge and wisdom, and talent, and then everyone just expect ‘Oh, they’re the Warriors, they’re just going to be good.’ I could feel it in training camp.”
It’s definitely an interesting insight from Kerr. It shows that he knows his team more than any other person out there. Critics and analysts base their dissections from what they see and hear — peppered with their own personal biases. But Kerr sees his own team with an unblinking objective eye.