Steve Kerr excited to keep coaching Warriors, expects better team in 2022-23

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In the aftermath of the Warriors’ title-clinching win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Klay Thompson hopped on The Draymond Green Show and gave a glowing endorsement of Steve Kerr.

“I’m going full Michael Jordan,” Thompson said. “I’m aligning myself with Steve. I ain’t playing for anybody but Steve. That’s the plan. It’d be weird to be in another uni(form).”

Steve Kerr's recaps 2022 season with "Damon & Ratto"

95.7 The Game’s “Damon & Ratto” played the clip for Kerr during his last weekly appearance of the season on Tuesday and Kerr expressed his affinity for the Klay and the Warriors.

“It is the ultimate compliment,” Kerr said of Klay’s statement. “The feeling is mutual. I don’t wanna coach a different team, either. We have such a good thing going here. We have such strong bonds built over the last eight years for me, built over the past 10, 12 years for Steph (Curry), Klay, Draymond. We’ve got something special. It’s great to be a part of and we want to keep it going.”

The Warriors made two playoff runs with Mark Jackson before Kerr arrived in 2014. Since then, Golden State has made six NBA Finals trips and won four titles in eight seasons. Earlier this year, Kerr was named a top-15 coach of all-time for the incredible start to his coaching career.

The nine-time NBA champ Kerr, who won five rings as a player with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs will turn 57 in November. His hair has changed a shade or two greyer since 2014, but that’s what playoff basketball will do to you.

Kerr is also in charge of Team USA over the next two years heading into the 2024 Olympics in Paris. So, has he thought about retirement?

“I don’t wanna go anywhere else,” Kerr said. “I’ve got a couple years left on my contract and I’m thrilled about next season. “I think we’re gonna be even better next year. ust coming off the championship and what that will mean to our team’s collective confidence.”

Beyond the game, Kerr has been outspoken on politics throughout his tenure and his thinking fits in with the general liberal vibe of the Bay Area. He’s also been central to the franchise’s family-first attitude that has made it such an attractive destination for players.

Combined with win-at-all costs owner Joe Lacob and talented general manager Bob Myers, the Warriors are poised to keep this thing going. Remember, the trio of Steph, Draymond and Klay only played 23 full games together this season, including 22 in the playoffs.

Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody have invaluable experience and James Wiseman could be playing in Summer League as he tries to make a comeback attempt after missing the entire 2021-22 campaign. The championship core is aging, but the Warriors just need to make it in the playoffs with those guys healthy. Get ‘em in the tournament at any seed, and the Warriors would have to be considered a championship contender in 2023.

“I’m excited about next year,” Kerr said. “I’m not really looking much beyond that. I love what I do and I love living in the Bay Area, I love coaching these guys. I’m right where I wanna be.”

Host Ray Ratto had to know – does that mean Kerr has officially removed himself from consideration from the vacant Charlotte Hornets job? Now that assistant Kenny Atkinson is staying put?

“I have removed myself from the list, officially,” Kerr said with a laugh.