Apparently Steve Kerr and Robert Sarver should get together and talk millennials.
Kerr’s Warriors looked terrible in getting their head handed to them by the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday in a stunning upset. If you’re a Warriors fan — or just a rational person — you can write this off to a one-off night for the Warriors where Stephen Curry was 1-of-10 from three, and the rest of the Warriors were 3-of-20. That’s not going to happen regularly.
But the Warriors have played down to the level of opponents lately, and coach Steve Kerr used the opportunity to smack his team around in the media to get their attention, via Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com.
“It’s actually pretty easy to explain,” Kerr said. “It’s the NBA, and if you’re not ready to play, anything can happen, and we weren’t ready.
“We had zero attention span out there at either end of the floor. Our guards were leaking out, not helping on the glass, turning ball over, over and over again. Not following the scouting report defensively. Not putting any pressure on the ball.”
Kerr emphasized that lack of attention and tried to be funny doing it.
Kerr said makes that joke all the time with Curry. Not sure they were laughing about it Sunday.
The Warriors have played down to the level of their competition more than they want to admit in the last few weeks (they were 10th in the league in net rating in their last 10 games BEFORE the ugly loss Sunday). I don’t think this is a reason for hand-wringing in the Bay Area, I expect they will find their focus again quickly. And they aren’t going to shoot that poorly again for a while.
Steve Kerr just wanted to make sure the message got through.