Can We Pump The Brakes On Treating This Coaching Moment Between Steve Kerr And Kevin Durant Like It's HOF Bound?
I say the following knowing full well that we, as fans, are typically treated to very few completely candid mid-game conversations between NBA coaches and their star players. That one wasn't anywhere near as mind blowing as some are making it out to be. As an open and honest moment between Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant? That was cool to witness. As an anecdote? Hearing that even the GOAT was occasionally inclined to being reined back into the herd packed a little profoundness to the punch. As a piece of advice? Well, if we're to believe that merely suggesting that a player facilitate the early offense as opposed to becoming it is some otherworldly act of coaching then we should probably turn up the heat on the search for interplanetary lifeforms if only to find someone capable of turning Russell Westbrook into a true team player before it's too late.
Not for nothing, but Kevin Durant might as well have been rolling weed in a port-a-john with how badly he stunk up the joint following that teaching moment. If the goal was to capture his inner-MJ then Steve Kerr might have been better off fitting him with a white glove and a red leather jacket during that break in the action, because he was just about the furthest thing from a Thriller when it mattered most last night. Does that not play in to how we view an interaction whose impressiveness was almost entirely comparative? I'm not one of Coach K's graduate assistants so I'm not quite bilingual in the intricate language of basketball, but you don't exactly have to go from Spanish-to-English to translate that message as "don't only show trust your teammates out of desperation". Seems like a pretty basic tune to follow if you ask me, even if was preceded by the ultimate "this one time, at band camp...".