In front of media, family, and with an entire fanbase watching, Steve Kerr was introduced as the Golden State Warriors’ new head coach on Tuesday at their practice facility in Oakland.
Kerr sat between GM Bob Myers and TV broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald, and was asked a variety of questions. One was why he chose the Warriors over the Knicks, who were also pursuing him heavily.
“It just clicked on a lot of fronts,” he said. “I think it’s a better fit for me. I was already familiar with Bob from my days as a GM, I’ve been acquaintances for many years with Joe (Lacob) – kind of a friend-of-friend thing – and a really big connection for me was Rick Welts, who I worked with for three years in Phoenix. He became one of my closest confidants as a general manager and has remained a friend since.”
He spoke about the importance of family and the fact that his wife and kids were all located in California. He also described Phil Jackson’s advice that ” ‘You have to feel whatever you feel in your heart. If that’s to come to New York, great. You have to make the decision based on your gut and your heart.’ I felt it immediately with the Warriors. That’s the story in a nutshell.”
When asked about who he would hire as assistants, Kerr noted that he had a list of candidates and that he wanted people with head coaching experience to join him on the bench.
Myers spoke about Kerr’s winning pedigree.
“Steve Kerr can sit and look at our players and on one hand have five championship rings,” he said. “I can tell you that resonates. That resonates with me, that resonates with ownership and that will resonate with the players.”
Kerr essentially said all the right things during the press conference, but he knows the job won’t be a walk in the park. The Warriors are a team with tremendous expectations, and now the pressure is on Kerr lead them to success.