Before becoming one of the most successful coaches in the game today, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was the general manager of the Phoenix Suns. In a recent interview, the 53-year-old explained why he enjoys his current job more, and added that functioning as both a head coach and a GM simultaneously — much like Tom Thibodeau’s role with the Minnesota Timberwolves — just wouldn’t work for him.
Speaking to Nick Friedell of ESPN, Kerr said that the role of a GM is much more challenging than that of a head coach. He also went on to say that he feels privileged to have an excellent working relationship with his current GM, Bob Myers.
“One of the reasons I wanted to coach is because frankly it’s easier than being a GM and facing some of those choices,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “So I’m lucky, I’ve got a great GM, a great friend in Bob [Myers] and when we’ve been faced with difficult decisions the collaboration and the process that we’ve had has been really sound and I’ve learned a lot actually from being part of it. We’re in the midst of a good run obviously and we’re lucky to be where we are and it’s been smooth, but we’re all going to face our moments. It’s the NBA, it’s tough out there.”
When asked if he thinks a GM can function as a head coach simultaneously, Kerr explained why he thinks it’s feasible, but not for his particular situation.
“I’m sure it can,” Kerr said. “But it wouldn’t work for me. It depends on the circumstances, the situation. It depends on relationships within the organization. Everybody is going to be structured a little differently. But having sat in both chairs I would not be comfortable doing both jobs.”
As Kerr said, the Warriors have a really good thing going right now. Both him and Myers are doing a great job in their respective roles, so a major shakeup probably won’t do the organization any favors.