The Golden State Warriors finally have their man in Steve Kerr, and owner Joe Lacob must be breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Lacob and the Warriors inked Kerr to a five-year, $25 million contract to become the team’s new head coach, replacing Mark Jackson.
In an interview with Sam Amick of USA Today, Lacob sounded off on the latest development.
“You have to be able to pick people, and (Kerr) is incredibly prepared…Every detail you can imagine,” said Lacob. “He knew our roster in and out. He had assistant coaches he wanted to go after. It was like a tour de force. Look, at the end of the day I know he knows a lot about basketball.”
Kerr served as the Suns’ GM from 2007-2010. He has won five championships as a player, three with the Bulls and two with the Spurs. He also played under two of the best coaches in NBA history in Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich. It was Jackson who wanted Kerr to coach the Knicks, but Kerr turned him down for the Warriors position.
But like his predecessor, Kerr has no previous coaching experience.
“Look, we did pretty well with Mark Jackson,” Lacob said, responding to that notion. “We’re taking a little bit of a risk on (Kerr’s) coaching ability, but we did that with Mark and it worked. So it’s just about finding the right fit for the organization and a guy who has extremely high potential, is a hard worker and is very prepared. That’s what we have got.”
Lacob also said that Stephen Curry was “supportive” of the move to get Kerr, although Curry was one of Jackson’s biggest supporters and was disappointed when he was fired.