Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, has expressed his admiration for Sacramento Kings coach Mike Brown ahead of their upcoming first-round series in the NBA playoffs. Speaking to the media, Kerr remarked that he would be “shocked” if Brown was not awarded the Coach of the Year award for the current season.
“I’d be shocked if he didn’t win the Coach of the Year award,” Kerr recently told reporters,
Although the Warriors are the defending champions, Kerr is fully aware that the Kings pose a significant threat to their title defense. The Warriors will face a homecourt disadvantage as they enter the matchup as the lower-seeded team, and they will need to overcome their struggles on the road to stand a chance of progressing in the playoffs.
Under Brown’s leadership, the Kings have exceeded expectations by securing a playoff berth for the first time in nearly 20 years. They finished the regular season with a commendable 48-34 record, placing third in the highly competitive Western Conference.
Kerr has firsthand experience of Brown’s coaching prowess, having worked alongside him at the Warriors as associate head coach from 2016 to 2022. Brown’s success in guiding the Kings to the playoffs has impressed Kerr, who believes that his former colleague deserves to be recognized as the league’s top coach.
The Warriors are in the midst of their preparations for the series opener against the Kings, fully aware that they face a challenging opponent. Despite their status as defending champions, the Warriors will need to be at their best to overcome the formidable Sacramento Kings and advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Steve Kerr: Warriors Coach Has Yet to Lose to a Western Conference Team in Playoffs
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is one of the most crucial parts of the Dubs dynasty. Under his leadership, the Warriors have won four NBA Championships in six trips to the finals. A remarkable feat is that Kerr is yet to lose to a Western Conference team in the playoffs, except for two losses in the 2016 and 2019 NBA Finals.
Kerr’s impressive coaching record against Western Conference teams in the playoffs is one of the reasons why he is one of the highest-paid coaches in the league.
However, the Warriors are entering the 2023 playoffs with a 0-2 record in the play-in tournament under Kerr’s coaching. Despite this, Kerr’s strategies have always worked well for the Warriors in the postseason when it really matters.
The Warriors will face the Sacramento Kings in their first-round series, and it remains to be seen if the Kings will be the team to finally put a dent in Kerr’s otherwise perfect playoff record against Western Conference teams. The Warriors will be hoping to continue their playoff dominance under Kerr’s leadership and advance to the next round.