MILWAUKEE — Rookie Warriors coach Steve Kerr, asked how much of the credit for the team’s success should go to him, smile and said, “How do I answer that?”
It’s not so much him, he’s said all season. It’s the talented players. It’s the support he’s received from the rest of the staff.
But certainly Kerr has played a large role in helping the Warriors take the next step following back-to-back playoff appearances under Mark Jackson. Now, this team after a win at Milwaukee on Saturday, has set a franchise record with their 60th win.
David Lee, who has seen his role decrease in recent weeks, is among those who gives plenty of the credit to Kerr.
“He’s done a great job,” Lee said. “I think he’s been a great fit for this team.
“He’s done a great job of I think fine-tuning what we already have going, and it’s really simplified a lot of things for us. The hardest part sometimes when you’re playing the way we’re playing is to stay focused every single game, and I think in years past we’ve had problems losing to teams that we’re ‘better than.’ Or losing games that we shouldn’t lose. Or losing games at home that you should never lose.”
The Warriors these days rarely lose, and for that they’ve captured the top seed in the West and are well on their way to earning homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.
Kerr in the coming weeks during the postseason will be expected to give the aw-shucks quotes to the media about himself. But players up and down the Warriors roster know better.