Former Arizona coach Lute Olson remembered the amazing statistic from Steve Kerr.
While playing point guard in his senior year with the Wildcats in 1988, Kerr committed only 36 turnovers in 38 games and at one point played 13 straight games without a turnover.
That mistake-free mindset is one Kerr is expected to bring to the Warriors, who announced his hiring Monday.
“I watched Warriors a lot because of (former Arizona player Andre) Iguodala, and I think the biggest problem is they had too many turnovers, too many careless passes,” Olson said. “We always pitched at U of A that if it’s going to take a great pass to get it there, you probably shouldn’t throw it. Be patient, and make a big pass that’s going to be completed.
“He’s not going to allow the careless turnovers that I’ve seen them make, and many of them are attempts at great passes. I just don’t believe in great passes.”
The Warriors’ offense was run by point guard Stephen Curry, who was second-to-worst in the NBA averaging 3.8 turnovers per game for his career low. The team ranked 27th in the NBA averaging 14.9 turnovers per game this season and then 17.3 turnovers while losing its first-round playoff series to the Los Angeles Clippers.
“When you’re next to last in the league in turnovers, that’s a huge concern,” Warriors executive board member Jerry West told Sirius XM last week. “You can’t play defense when you make turnovers.”
Said Curry earlier this month: “It’s shown as a team if we take care of the ball — me in particular — valuing each possession and especially in the playoffs, it kind of eats away at me. Two games we had high turnovers, and we still had a chance to win. Had we been a little bit smarter with the ball, what would have happened? I didn’t sleep well after those games with that feeling.”