Steve Kerr unsurprised by Warriors' 4-0 start but tempers expectations


The buzz is building around the Warriors with each win.

Golden State might be the Western Conference’s first 4-0 team, but coach Steve Kerr isn’t getting lost in the sauce. The even-keeled Kerr joined 95.7 The Game’s “Damon & Ratto” for his weekly appearance Wednesday and tempered any outrageous expectations for the Dubs, despite their hot start. Listen to the full interview below:

“I’m not surprised that we’ve started out 4-0,” Kerr said, “Having said that, all four games were pretty close. We don’t have any grand illusions about being a threat to the 73-win team from ‘16, but we like our team and we’re excited about it. I feel like we can get a lot better, too, especially when you think about the guys who are injured and not playing right now.”

As he’s been doing all season, Kerr praised his team’s depth, citing the third-quarter run against the Oklahoma City Thunder that was fueled by Damion Lee and Otto Porter Jr.

“Those were really good examples of our team and our team’s ability to create shots together, just through ball movement,” Kerr said.

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Kerr has been using a 10-man rotation so far this season, while even the 11th man Gary Payton II has carved out a humble, but valuable role despite averaging 5.5 minutes per game. Again, they’re not quite the same as, say, the 2015 championship Warriors (yet) but Kerr sees some similarities with this year’s squad.

“That’s fair,” Kerr said. “It’s a very different team, obviously. I don’t wanna say, ‘Hey, yeah we’re just like the ‘15 team and we can win the championship and win 67 games and all that.’ I think that’s far-fetched. But what is similar, is the chemistry that exists and the unselfishness and the depth of the roster.”