Steve Kerr reveals the exact moment he knew the Warriors were on their way to greatness
The Golden State Warriors were the most recent iteration of a dynasty in the NBA. They won three titles in five years with Steve Kerr manning the ship.
Apparently though, it did not take long for the Warriors head coach to realize that he had a budding dynasty on his hands. The 54-year old recently revealed on 95.7 The Game that he realized this as they were about to eliminate the Houston Rockets in the 2015 Western Conference Finals.
Kerr vividly described the exact moment, via Alex Didion of NBC Sports.
“For me, the moment was when we beat Houston in the West Finals in 2015,” the Warriors coach said. “We had maybe a 12-point lead with about 45 seconds left, and I was standing up near halfcourt, kind of leaning against the scorer’s table.
“There was a dead ball, and that was the moment when we realized we were going to win, the crowd realized it, our team realized it. And I just soaked it all in, I remember just looking (at) the entire panoramic view around Oracle and just soaking it all. It was such an incredible moment to be heading back to the Finals for the first time in 40 years.”
Steve Kerr and the Warriors went on to win the title that season by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games in the NBA Finals. They won a record-setting 73 games the following season, but they lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Cavs — who came back from a 3-1 series deficit to avenge their Finals loss the year before.
Kevin Durant came along the following summer and only made the already dominant Warriors virtually unbeatable, winning back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018.
With Durant’s departure in the summer of 2019 and the injuries to Splash Bros. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors became the worst team in 2019-20. However, Golden State refuses to acknowledge that the dynasty is over, with Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green vowing to revitalize their dominance in 2020-21.