Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says ‘our season begins next week’
At the end of the day, 29 teams are not feeling sorry for the Golden State Warriors during the 2017-18 NBA season. Despite having four All-Stars all in the prime years of their careers, the mental and physical toll it takes to try and win three championships in four NBA Finals appearances has been their greatest challenge.
From head coach Steve Kerr having his players coach against the Phoenix Suns to Stephen Curry’s injury, the Warriors have tried to find ways to motivate themselves during an 82-game season. Following the loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Kerr was more optimistic about his team’s effort according to Joe Wolfond of The Score:
“We’re going to be alright,” Kerr told reporters postgame. “Tonight, we were playing a team that desperately needs to win. You can tell the teams around the league that have to win, like they’re getting after it, they’re playing for their season. Our season begins next week, and we know that. So, I’m not disappointed with the effort.”
As it currently stands, the Warriors are unsure who they will face in the first round of the playoffs. The Utah Jazz (fourth spot) and Denver Nuggets (ninth spot) are only separated by 1.5 games in the highly competitive Western Conference.
With the Warriors all getting relatively healthy except for Curry, Golden State made an extremely difficult decision. After turning down a lucrative offer from the Brooklyn Nets in pursuit of his first ring, Omri Casspi was waived for Quinn Cook. Following his stint in the G League, Cook will be the team’s starting point guard as they look to win their third championship.