Kerr: The key to “Prophetic” Andre’s message for the Dubs playoff series first appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Before the Warriors won the NBA Finals for the fourth time in eight seasons, Steve Kerr was unsure if his team was capable of winning a league title.
That doubt was something he and CEO Bob Myers had discussed before the playoffs, Kerr told reporters Wednesday, and at the time he believed Golden State would reach the Western Conference finals at best.
But as soon as the Warriors recovered and entered the postseason with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the court together again, he remembered the moment when he really began to believe in their chances of winning another ring.
And it all started thanks to a veteran with playoff experience who knew exactly what he needed.
“… One of the great things that happened in the playoffs was Andre [Iguodala] “He gave a little talk to the team that sometimes said that to win a championship, you have to improve from round to round, depending on your team,” Kerr said. “He said, ‘I think this is the type of team that should do this, and we should improve every round, but we can do it since we have almost all healthy.’
Iguodala was not healthy, Kerr noted, but he knew what the team around him could do when he was playing at full strength. The 38-year-old’s limited minutes both in the playoffs and during the regular season led him to a more coaching role this year than ever before, and we could often see him emphatically coaching his teammates when he was not on the floor.
Iguodala’s knowledge proved invaluable from the sidelines, as Golden State made its way to another Larry O’Brien trophy. As time went on, Kerr and Myers began to see things more optimistically.
“Andre became a prophet and I think as we left, I think Bob and I changed our minds – it’s like we kept getting better, and it’s like, wait a minute, maybe we have a chance,” Kerr said Wednesday. “I think that was what made it so sweet, it was in many ways unexpected. I know there have been a lot of internal discussions last year about, well, next year our young kids will have a year under their belt and we will take Klay for a full one – next year is our course.
“So doing this route and completing it this year was a bit unexpected, but even sweeter.”
The Warriors used the flexibility in their roster to do exactly as Iguodala said, improving as each playoff series passed with a next-player mentality from row to row. They took each other amid falls and injuries and embraced their individual roles in Kerr’s various lineups, with each opponent requiring a different game day strategy.
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“It’s one of the funniest aspects of this tournament, it was how selfless everyone was and everyone was in it, and you could feel the magic start happening as we went further and managed to complete the deal,” Kerr said. he said.
Looking back, Kerr thought about when this magic began and how important Iguodala’s message was to reach the sweetest championship ever.
“… Andre was just a really big part of it with his guidance, his leadership and his wisdom, and that was – I thought it was a great moment for the team,” Kerr said.
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