Steve Kerr notes he still wants his job after 46-point rout of Suns
Steve Kerr took a well-deserved night off after becoming the fastest coach to 250 wins, letting his players take over the clipboard and huddle during a 46-point destruction of the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.
The Golden State Warriors helmsman sat back and looked the part while his players diagramed a way to navigate the game after leading by only one point in the first quarter. These adjustments resulted in double-digit leads in each of the next three quarters, capping off the fourth period by allowing only 12 points.
Kerr noted he wouldn’t want to get carried away with this, saying this is a way to freshen up and recalibrate a team that had grown tired of his voice prior to the All-Star break.
“Let’s not get carried away; I like it here,” Kerr said, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. “I want to stay. I like this job. I’d like to stay on the job. But tonight they needed a new voice.”
While some players like Suns forward Jared Dudley saw an issue with the strategy, others like teammate Devin Booker and coach Jay Triano commended Kerr for being willing to step out and let his players taken the reins.
“Whatever the reason with what you mentioned, or just our lack of execution or intensity on the floor during games or whatever the case, we obviously haven’t been great by any stretch of the imagination in the last month,” said point guard Stephen Curry, who finished with 22 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists in the game. “But this All-Star break should be great for us to recalibrate, reset and hit the ground running.”
Kerr is up for a contract extension this summer, and perhaps his biggest coaching move of the season could turn out to be to take the day off like he did on Monday.