After Steve Kerr watched the Golden State Warriors blow an opportunity to win one on the road against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, the broadcast production crew panned and zoomed in on the Warriors’ coach leaving the floor. His body language leaves you with the obvious question, what would Kerr have said behind closed doors after witnessing the cacophony of errors in the final seconds?
The Golden State Warriors held a four-point lead with less than ten seconds to play on Wednesday, only to suffer a one-point loss to the Utah Jazz in disastrous fashion.
Here’s how Kerr’s message may have gone following the agonising defeat amid a stumbling Warriors season where they sit with a 13-13 record.
*The following quotes are not real*
"“Gentlemen, I need your attention; I want to be clear; what I am about to say is meant for the players in this locker room who achieved what many believed was an against-all-odds championship last season. I apologize for not preparing all of you for what you have defended three times before as defending NBA Champions. We are twenty-six games into this season after tonight. Some of you have forgotten the challenges you face. Every night you will see the ‘A’ game, the absolute best of the team we face. They want to embarrass you. Well, they’ve succeeded tonight!”"
Kerr would have been preaching the identify Golden State have built in this his ninth season as coach — a period in which they’ve dominated the league.
"“This franchise is built with pride, trust and sacrifice all for the common good. We win and defend championships; that is the DNA that identifies our character. Winning on the road in the playoffs is the key to success. We play at home Saturday night, but the following eight games will determine the odds of this team’s chances of defending the title we fought so hard for last season. Turnovers, physicality, inconsistent intensity and untimely fouls now decide the outcome of our efforts on the road. We must put the mistakes of tonight behind us, but remember the current feeling so it ought not happen again. For now, the challenge before you and this staff is to put nothing else in your mind but the goal of defending our home floor against the Celtics on Saturday night.”"
Golden State will be buoyed by the return of Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, though they remain without Andrew Wiggins for the second-straight game. His absence will make the task all the more difficult against dominant wings Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the league-leading 21-5 Celtics.