Steve Kerr had at least two teams vying for his services before the day began, and today, he chose the Golden State Warriors.
In an interview with Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News, Kerr admitted that he literally made the decision this morning to become the new head coach of the Warriors.
“It’s great on a basketball level to inherit a good team and a young team with high-character players and a front office I’m already famliar with and feel very confident in and comfortable with.” said Kerr. “Yeah… it felt right immediately.”
Kerr touted his relationship with members of the Warriors’ front office, including owner Joe Lacob. He also noted that coming to the Warriors allows him to stay close to his family; Kerr’s daughter attends Cal and his wife and sons are in San Diego.
As for coaching, Kerr was asked about whether he would use the renowned triangle offense, the system he played in under Phil Jackson with the Bulls.
“It will be influenced by the Triangle but it will not look like the Bulls of the ’90s,” said Kerr. “The game has changed and I think my philosophy would reflect that. For instance, I would be crazy to do away with screen and roll with Steph–he’s devastating in it. We’ll do plenty of that.”
Speaking of Stephen Curry, Kerr spoke on the phone with him today. and joked about wanting to draft him back in 2009 when Kerr was the GM of the Suns. Curry is reportedly “excited” about the hiring of Kerr.
We’ll see plenty of the Warriors’ new head coach in the new few weeks, as he will be calling playoff games for TNT.