Despite the fact that they were very bad (15-50), Warriors coach Steve Kerr says that it was more enjoyable to coach the 2019-20 team than it was to coach the (far better) 2018-19 squad that went 57-25 and made it all the way to the NBA Finals.
Kerr said as much on Monday while speaking to Logan Murdock and Raja Bell on The Ringer’s “Real Ones” podcast, with that comment coming in the context of him explaining that the 2018-19 year was the outlier season in terms of enjoyability during GS’s dynasty run.
“The first four years of our run — the coaching was way more fun,” Kerr said, as transcribed by NBC Sports. “We were joyful and everything was really simple and no agendas. And then that last year, things kind of went haywire. Even though we went to the Finals, it was difficult.
“I enjoyed last season — when we had the worst record in the league — more than I enjoyed that last season when we went to the Finals. We had young guys last year who were trying every day, working hard. We had a great energy, great spirit, great camaraderie. Losing sucked.
“But what you want is a good vibe. You want to look forward to going to the gym every day and seeing everybody. That last year was tough — when we lost to [the] Toronto [Raptors] in the Finals.
“There was a lot going on, some that you know about and some that you don’t. That was very difficult.”
Note that 2018-19 was the last year in which Kevin Durant was playing for Golden State. And note that that was the framing that Durant clearly saw, as evidenced by his response to this tweet:
Steve Kerr told @loganmmurdock he enjoyed last season (when the Warriors went 15-50) more than Kevin Durant’s final season with the Warriors.
“That last year was tough. There was a lot going on – some that you know about and some that you don’t. That was very difficult.”
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 22, 2021
Kerr didn’t mention KD by name, but Durant did reply pretty quickly with a vague response open to interpretation (though it’s probable that he sees things differently than Kerr). Whether or not Durant is responding to the actual podcast or the quote in the tweet is also open to interpretation, but given that there’s no link in the tweet it’s probable it was a response to the quote:
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