I mean what the hell are we supposed to expect? The guy's never coached. The same was true about Mark Jackson, but he grew on the job. So now we are supposed to wait for Kerr to "learn how to coach" like Jackson had to? I'm not buying it that this was the move that was about wins and losses and taking the team to the next level (SVG yes, Kerr no). It looks more like a move to appease an owner who had a personal vendetta against Mark Jackson and needs to be surrounded by yes-men.
Yes, Lacob has earned a lot of credibility, and I've been one of his biggest fans. But this move -- a definite upgrade or more of a risk? I'd say it's more of a risk and far from a sure-upgrade. While there were plenty of quirks that bothered me about M Jackson's coaching (slow to react, slow to call timeouts, rotations, etc), he also brought many intangibles (cultivated toughness, defense, accountability, chemistry) as well as being spot on about developing Klay and Green. Would Nelson or some other coach would've stuck with Klay while he was struggling or played D Green when his offense struggled? Idk.
Pressures all on Lacob, the FO, and Kerr to take this team further than Mark Jackson could have. And I hope Lacob embraces that pressure, because he's the one that chose to make this move. A huge failure would to have a coach who "gets along" with FO but the team plays worse on the court.
With a healthy squad -- 55 wins, minimum 2nd round playoffs, a top defensive team, and the team playing better as a whole.... or this hiring is a failure. Cuz I guarantee with a healthy squad Jackson would've had this team at minimum in the 2nd round in back to back years.
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I think assistances will play a huge role.
Kidd never had coaching experience. He was a player the season before. Kidd doesnt always call the plays (as people often think). I've seen enough Nets games this year and I usually see the assistant coach with the whiteboard drawing something up. Granted, Kidd too has the whiteboard on his hand as well (not taking anything away from his work this year).
My point is, assistances will be huge. Kerr doesn't have an ego lilke Jackson or Kidd. we might be able to attract some good assistants.
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While I am on board with the hiring of Steve Kerr, it seems like the only reason that Mark Jackson was dismissed is that he, Jackson, and ownership/front office were not on the same page, which is too bad, yet, understandable.
VC cutlure and NBA coaching culture may not always be the best fit, and that may be where Joe Lacob and his son have some opportunities for "personal growth."
As a fan, I just want to see the team have a chance to compete for a championship. With ownership, the front office, head coach, and hopefully the players all in alignment, we Warrior fans finally may, indeed, get a chance to see the team get beyond the second round of the playoffs.
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