If Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had his way, he would try to arrange a meeting between NBA players and their respective detractors.
The Dubs coach pitched the idea on a new book “The Victory Machine” covering the rise of the Warriors dynasty and their “fall” with the departure of All-Star Kevin Durant during the 2019 free agency. In it, Kerr proposed tracking each hater and putting them face to face with the player they’re trolling.
“I have this idea to somebody bring in a few of their detractors from Twitter,” Kerr said of the Twitter trolls. “Like actually find them and bring them, set the fans in front of them. ‘Kevin, this is Joe from Portola Valley. Joe said that you were a loser yesterday. Now look at him. Look at him carefully. Do you really care what he thinks?’ “
It might seem like a petty act of bitterness from the decorated Warriors coach but he argues that there’s a pragmatic side to this arrangement.
“The flip side is, Joe would be completely embarrassed,” Kerr said of his plan. “He’d be like, ‘I can’t believe I wrote that. I’m so sorry. I’m an idiot. Can I have your autograph?’ “
Whether or not it may work is a moot point now given that the one notable Warriors player that routinely engages fans in social media (to the point of registering burner accounts), Kevin Durant, is no longer with the team.
Rumors continue to swirl as to why the superstar forward decided to pack his bags amid a very successful three seasons that culminated in three straight NBA Finals trips and two championships. The most common is his tiff with Warriors do-it-all forward Draymond Green but recently there have been talks that jealousy with franchise player Stephen Curry was also a factor.