Warriors Steve Kerr ‘angry’ for ‘irresponsible’ media tweet that seemed to stir up Kevin Durant drama

Warriors coach Steve Kerr spent part of his pre-game availability Monday angry that a member of the local media seemed to remind people of the drama surrounding Kevin Durant’s last season with the team.

Kerr even referred to the member by name: NBC Sports Bay Area’s Drew Shiller. As to why Kerr was going through Shiller’s social media post, here’s the background:

Kerr said during an appearance on The Ringer’s “Real Ones” podcast with Raja Bell and Logan Murdock he enjoyed coaching the Warriors 15-50 team in 2019-2020 more than he did coaching the Golden State 2018-19 Finals team. Shiller took Kerr’s quote and added the fact that Durant was on that Finals squad, an abbreviated (intentional or unintentional) way of insinuating that Kerr was trying to say that KD, now with the Nets, was a problem.

Durant, whose Twitter antennas are still up, read this tweet as a photo of Kerr.

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Kerr, knowing what was already going on, responded during the meeting with reporters.

“I want to make this extremely clear: if you really want the story to be accurate, I encourage you to listen to the podcast before you kind of take that story as ramifications and use that as my quote, because it ‘is the furthest thing from the truth, “he said.” It was a terribly unfair cliché, taking something completely out of context to the point where people will read it and think it was. my quote. “

“Taking that comment and tweeting it and sending it out into the universe was so irresponsible and damaging, and I’m angry,” he added. “And I know what’s going to happen. I know it’s going to be picked up on the morning shows and people are going to talk about it, and they’re going to use what they think is a quote that’s actually something that’s completely made up. I’m not happy. I think that’s wrong. “

So, we took Kerr’s suggestion back and went to audio. Here is a transcript of what was said.

MURDOCK: “Is it harder to coach when you’re winning and in a dynasty or when you’re trying to build something that could potentially be a dynasty? What is the most difficult coaching job, in your eyes?” (Murdock, a former Warriors reporter, raised the question referring to the intensity of the scene in Oakland during the 2017-18 season.)

KERR: “I think every year is different, so it’s not that clear. I would tell you, the first four years of our race, that coaching was a lot more fun just because we were happy and everything was. really simple and no. agendas, and then last year things got out of whack. And so even though we made it to the finals it was difficult. I enjoyed last season when we had the Worst record in the league, more than last season. when we went to the final because we had young guys last year who were trying everyday, working hard, we had great energy, good spirit, great camaraderie. And lose sucked, but what you want is a good vibe. You want I can’t wait to go to the gym every day and see everyone. And last year has been tough , it was really tough – the last year we lost to Toronto finally. There was a lot going on you guys. some you know, some you don’t know, and it was very difficult. Each year is unique and you get to take advantage of each one for what it is. “

“Kevin is celebrated here, you all know that,” Kerr said Monday. “We had an amazing race, we wished him absolutely good luck, and we’ve been doing it from the start. And that’s why I’m so mad at this because it’s a complete BS.”

Shiller had not responded to Kerr’s response on Twitter Monday night.

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