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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Warriors’ Steve Kerr reaches coaching milestone in record time

BOSTON – With one major career milestone, it was Coach Steve Kerr’s turn at TD Garden on Friday.

Beating the Boston Celtics 111-107, Kerr recorded his 400th career coaching win, becoming the third Warriors coach to reach that milestone and the fifth fastest pace in NBA history. It took Kerr 576 tries to win 400 games – a 0.694 regular season win percentage, excluding postseason success, which saw him making the finals four times in a row and becoming the champion three times.

“That means I’m incredibly lucky to coach a bunch of talented guys,” Kerr said. “Since my first playing coaching in the NBA until now, I have had nothing but talented teams. It’s just luck. So I love coaching these guys, I love being a part of it all with them, and I’m very lucky. ”

Only two Warriors coaches have won more games: Alvin Attles (557; 1970-83) and Don Nelson (422; 1988-95), and only four coaches in NBA history have achieved 400 wins faster: Pat Riley (540), Phil Jackson. (557), K.S. Jones (564) and Billy Cunningham (572).

Right behind Kerr is his longtime friend and mentor Gregg Popovich, who took his first 611 games with the San Antonio Spurs to record 400 wins.

The sight of Steph Curry’s three-point record on Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden was not lost on anyone, but it could be just as suitable for Kerr’s milestone. Before becoming a Warriors coach in 2014, he almost teamed up with fellow longtime friend and mentor Phil Jackson at the New York Knicks.

However, Kerr rejected New York to lead the Golden State team, whose core already consisted of Curry, Draymond Green and Clay Thompson. In a recent interview with John Stewart, Kerr said the reason was obvious.

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“I talked to my fellow coaches and they all said the same thing,” Kerr said. “They said, ‘Your talent is everything in coaching,’ and it’s true. I remember saying, “Well, Phil Jackson is my boyfriend.” And one of my friends asked, “What do you think Phil will take on?” I thought, “Oh, man.” It got me.

Think about it, Phil Jackson goes to work at the Bulls when he has Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen and his career takes off. Pat Riley joins the Lakers when he has Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. We all depend on the talent of the coaches, and the Warriors were already good. ”

Kerr previously described himself as “the lucky one” who got into this situation. The Warriors had won 50 games in the season prior to his arrival, but Kerr helped elevate the existing core into the greatest basketball dynasty of the 21st century.

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