Steve Kerr’s reign as general manager in Phoenix receives a big fat “I” for “Incomplete.” He orchestrated one of the worst trades of the year in 2008 when he acquired Shaquille O’Neal for the run-and-gun Suns, and chose a horrific coach in Terry Porter. But after that, he acquired smart, high-energy guys who worked hard for the coach Kerr then invested in, Alvin Gentry. He helped the Suns reach the Western Conference Finals and even put up a fight against the Lakers for a bit. Then, naturally, Robert Sarver started clutching his purse strings too tight and Kerr showed himself out.
Now, he’s got a much easier life as a commentator on TNT. But he could be headed back to the front office, this time for Golden State.
NBA FanHouse’s Sam Amick reports that new Warriors owner Joe Lacob is “enamored” with Kerr and would love to have him join the staff. Current GM Larry Riley is expected to see a diminished role, even as Lacob has said he won’t remove him all together. Kerr might find the locale to his liking, having lived in San Diego. It gives him a young team, one that operates at a fast pace like the Suns did and could use his experience. It could be a good fit, but only if Kerr wants to jump back in the fire again.
Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.
Gordon Hayward took it from there.
This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*
*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang
Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.
Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.
The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.
But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.
Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.
Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.
Par for the course, Gregg Popovich gave curt answers to end his in-game interview quickly.
But David Aldridge tempted the Spurs coach, asking whether he wanted New Hampshire primary results. Popovich walked back to hear the answer.
Told Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won, Popovich shook his head.
Was that disapproval for the Democratic or Republican candidate – or both?