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Steve Kerr learning important lessons from Gregg Popovich with Team USA

Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich

Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich has been at the very center of the national team’s most recent foray into international competition, taking most of the credit — and lately, the blame — for his team’s performances in the FIBA World Cup in China.

However, what might not be common knowledge for some is the fact that Pop actually has quite a decorated coaching staff behind him. As a matter of fact, one of his assistants happens to be an NBA coach named Steve Kerr.

Recently, the Golden State Warriors head honcho opened up about what a tremendous learning experience it has been for him to serve as an assistant to the great Gregg Popovich:

“It’s more detail stuff in terms of how he operates in practice and how he handles the team,” Steve Kerr said, via Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. “It’s not really about plays and drills. It’s more about efficiency and process.”

Despite being the most successful head coach in the league in the past half-decade, Kerr still remains humble, and recognizes what an amazing opportunity it is for him to learn from coach Pop.

This is not the first time these two men crossed paths, with Popovich actually coaching Kerr as a player during the latter’s stint with the San Antonio Spurs in the late ’90s/early 2000s.

Nevertheless, this is an altogether different experience for Kerr, who will definitely be returning to the Warriors with some new insider knowledge from the mind of Popovich. Kerr even acknowledged taking notes about a few plays he has learned.