Warriors may need to disregard hints from Steve Kerr and Skip Bayless
Skip: Dubs have hit the ‘dynastic wall’, may need a coaching change originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has guided Golden State to four NBA titles in the past eight seasons.
But after an up-and-down 2022-23 season and now a three-to-one deficit against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals, FS1 host Skip Bayless believes it may be time for the Warriors to make a move off their fearless leader.
“Speaking of issues brewing, I’ll say that again about Golden State,” Bayless said on Tuesday’s Undisputed, the morning after the Warriors’ 104-101 loss. “You are the defending champions, you are dynastic, I give you all that. I have nothing but the highest respect for what they have accomplished over the last ten years with this core of players: Steph [Curry]clover [Thompson]Draymond [Green]. For a time Kevin Durant.
“Something has been bad this whole year. Something was wrong and missing this whole year. They may have to change votes for next year. They may have to change Steve Kerr.”
Bayless used Games 3 and 4 — both Warriors losing along the way — as examples of how Golden State is “uncharacteristically” playing poorly on the series, noting the 11-point lead they squandered in Game 3 thanks to 12 missed field goals Attempts, six turnovers and three technical fouls before the end of the first half.
And in Game 4, the Warriors went into the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead, only to end up in defeat. Bayless said Golden State might need a different voice in the room, despite Kerr’s unrivaled success over the years.
“Eventually they don’t hear what they need to hear anymore, or eventually they just hit the dynastic wall because sometimes you just do it,” Bayless said. “You’re just running out of gas. Because they’re doing things that are so unusually wrong and bad that it’s not Golden State that I see in these games.”
Kerr is #8 on the list of all-time NBA playoff wins by a coach, having had 98 of 137 opportunities. He is second in Warriors franchise history with 467 wins behind Al Attles (557).
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His head coaching résumé will almost certainly land him in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and most might think it would be hasty to replace him after winning Golden State for seven of the nine years he’s coached. led to the playoffs.
And if you ask the Warriors, they’ll probably tell you that the onus is on them if they want to get out of the 3-1 hole they face against the Lakers.
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