MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Warriors in the Steve Kerr era are a loose bunch, and it starts with the coach.
After shootarounds, he can be found on the court attempting to drop-kick balls into the basket. From what media members have seen, he has never made one of those shots on camera.
“Every day, we’ve got music going,” Kerr said. “Guys are firing fullcourt shots. We’re warming up, and all I can think of is, if (Kerr’s college coach) Lute Olson could see our team warm up, he would think, ‘What are you doing?’ Like, there’s no discipline here.”
This is the kind of environment that enables a Stephen Curry to hit a shot from 62 feet away, a dagger that was the key to the Warriors closing out the Western Conference semifinals in Game 6 at Memphis.
Curry said he practices that shot daily. So do his teammates.
“You see balls just flying everywhere just because everyone’s throwing up crazy kind of just having fun, letting loose,” Curry said.
Said David Lee: “Every time we are doing warm-ups we are always throwing three-quarter shots and halfcourt shots and messing around during our stretching.”
Curry is accustomed to seeing them go in, and so is Marreese Speights, who’s proficient at hitting them too. Call it crazy, but that’s the Warriors. At times, they even get public relations officials and trainers involved in the fun.
“It was kind of only fitting that those shots paid off for a change,” Andre Iguodala said.