Coach Steve Kerr still can’t believe how fast things have come together with the Warriors. It’s amazing. It’s astounding. It’s astonishing, and it’ll give you goose bumps, because he’s found a golden goose in Golden State that’s laying golden eggs almost every game. What’s so wonderful about the Warriors, you ask? Well, for starters, Kerr’s a first year coach coaching a competitive crew contending for the NBA crown. Is it the coach or is it the players? I think it’s a combination of both that are combining to lay these golden eggs.
Kerr came to California to coach after verbally committing to compliment his former counselor, Phil Jackson, in New York. He came that close to coaching the Knicks. Wow. (And in case you didn’t know, the Knicks STINK: at this writing, they’re 12 – 46.) And now, instead of languishing with the last place team in the league, he’s winning with the Warriors. The Warriors, with Phenom Steh Curry, are 45 – 11. Do the math. He could have been coaching the worst team, but instead he’s coaching the best team. Sounds like a miracle instead of a mistake to me.
As a player, Kerr won five NBA titles (3 with Michael and ‘Da Bulls and 2 with Timmy Duncan in San Antonio with the Spurs). Kerr worked as a broadcaster during All-Star weekend for the last four years. This year, he was the All Star Game’s first rookie coach since Indiana’s Larry Bird in 1998, and he’s hoping it’s the first of many more appearances. Talk about a turnaround. And talk about making a good decision.
And so the moral of the story is this: can the Golden State Warriors win it all? Can they continue to win games and hearts and fans on the way to winning the whole shebang? If they continue to do what they’ve been doing there’s no reason not to think so.
Unfortunately, so many teams and certainly so many of us have started off awfully good only to finish up pretty bad. Just take a cue and learn the lesson from Aesop’s fable about the man with the golden goose:
A cottager and his wife had a Hen that laid a golden egg every day. They supposed that the Hen must contain a great lump of gold in its inside, and in order to get the gold they killed her. Having done so, they found to their surprise that the Hen differed in no respect from their other hens. The foolish pair, thus hoping to become rich all at once, deprived themselves of the gain of which they were assured day by day.
Steve Kerr is humble yet hopeful. He’s taking life one game at a time. He’s had a good basketball education and he has a high basketball IQ. So let’s hope that Kerr and the Warriors keep doing the things that it took to get them to where they are, in hopes these same things will take them and us to where we want to go.
“My goal is to someday become Phil Jackson and complain about having to coach the All-Star game,” Kerr said, chuckling. “But I’m not there yet.”
Good for you Steve; good for you.