I Wonder What Color The Sky Was In Steve Kerr's World When He Didn't Notice Draymond Green Hopping, Dropping, And Rolling In Agony
I hate to say this as someone who understands that ego maintenance/management is an underrated job responsibility of NBA coaches who have a goddamn monopoly on talent, but score the three annnnd one for the "coaching the Warriors is a mindless activity" crowd.
I obviously don't think Steve Kerr needs to be planning out every possession when he's got the best shooting backcourt of all-time and they only rank as the second and third most unstoppable scorers on the roster. However, casually going comatose is not the best look for someone who really only needs to look like he's trying. To be viewed as one of the best in even the most monotonous and boring of professions, it's pretty imperative that one seems more optically engaged than Sandra Bullock in that dumbass movie that I refuse to watch and, as such, am the last internet savvy soul to reference. Yet, Steve Kerr looked like he was more prepped for a root canal than he was for a professional basketball game against a quality conference foe. Draymond Green legitimately played a full round of hamstring hopscotch right in front of his vacant, emotionless face and not until he was about to have his toes rolled over did he notice that his most important defensive cog was demonstrably damaged goods. Maybe I say the following out of recency bias since 'The Beard' didn't play last night, but I think I've seen Rockets' role players appear more alert when James Harden has the ball with under 10 seconds left on the shot clock.
Again, I'm not foolish enough to view that ridiculous visual as an indictment of Steve Kerr as a basketball mind and I'm certainly sympathetic to the idea that doing any job for long enough will turn you into a robot, but even Rosie from The Jetson's would have called for a cleanup on aisle antagonist. So maybe, just maybe, it would be wise not to skip the pregame expresso, since the head coach of a team that's won three titles in four years tooootally gives a damn what the general public thinks about his actual game-to-game impact.