Skip Bayless did not buy the 2-minute evisceration of a reporter that Steve Kerr gave yesterday. He thinks Kerr shouldn’t have riled Kevin Durant up.
The Warriors are one of the most successful dynasties in sports history. Their period of 5 straight Finals was accompanied by the franchise skyrocketing in value off the court.
Indeed, Joe Lacob has always been a willing investor in the team, ready to pony up the luxury tax. This allowed the Warriors to recruit Kevin Durant to the team in 2016, ushering in a period of success hitherto unseen by the team.
But apparently, Steve Kerr enjoyed coaching under lower, more tempered expectations, like in the 2019-20 season. And he also doesn’t like being misquoted when talking about this, as he showed yesterday.
Skip Bayless questions how much Steve Kerr cares for Kevin Durant and his feelings
Skip, as usual with all things Warriors and Steve Kerr, checked in on Undisputed with his hot take:
“I’m not completely buying Kerr saying this was taken out of context, because his point was still his point. This is a dangerous place to go if you care about KD’s feelings right now.”
He then went on to tweet this out during the show:
“Trust me, deep down, Steve Kerr misses going into that gym with that bad vibe because they were just loaded. Give me KD, Steph, Klay and Draymond and see what happens.”
Trust me, deep down, Steve Kerr misses going into that gym with that bad vibe because they were just loaded. Give me KD, Steph, Klay and Draymond and see what happens. @undisputed. 9:30 AM-Noon ET. FS1. https://t.co/I9HMWUPdJU
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 23, 2021
Bayless is playing on two conflicting public opinions here. On one hand, Kerr made Steph Curry a truly MVP-impact player way before Kevin Durant arrived in Oakland. On the other hand, a lot of coaches would have been able to accomplish what he did, though he obviously deserves credit for being the actual one to do it.
As things stand, Kevin Durant really could do without catching some strays from his own former head coach. There was no need to bring up this stupid comparison, because it’s not rocket science to understand how tempered expectations help with stress levels. Kerr should just have evaded that question and moved on.