In light of Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s recent comments about the Houston Rockets, here’s why Kerr shouldn’t be throwing shade at the Rockets.
Over the last several years, the Houston Rockets‘ biggest arch-enemy has been the Golden State Warriors, as the Dubs have been loaded with future Hall of Fame players that have pushed them past every team in the Western Conference, when they were at full strength.
The Warriors posted the best record in NBA history during the 2015-16 season, and added Kevin Durant, who was the 2013-14 MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, and four-time scoring champion. But prior to Durant’s arrival, the Dubs had Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala, who are all bound for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and have all been named All-Stars at one point or another.
Considering the construction of the Warriors’ roster over the years, it’s no surprise that they consistently pushed past the Houston Rockets, as future Hall of Famers don’t just grow on trees. The Rockets nearly beat the Dubs in 2018, but Chris Paul got injured, which is one of the biggest what-if moments in Rockets history, as the Rockets were bound to beat the Dubs with a healthy Paul.
In spite of that, Warriors coach Steve Kerr seems to have forgotten about the embarrassment of riches he’s had with the Warriors, as evidenced by his latest comments about the Rockets, courtesy of The Athletic.
“We’re not reinventing the wheel. We’re still gonna be the Warriors. We’re not gonna all of a sudden turn into the Rockets — change our offense — and have one guy go high pick-and-roll 70 times a game…I think I would resign first.”
Why Kerr shouldn’t be throwing shade at the Houston Rockets
Where do we even start here? We could start with the fact that Kerr doesn’t exactly need to be firing shots and throwing shade at the Rockets, considering how it took such a loaded team to barely squeal past the Rockets.
Add in the fact that the Warriors had a blatant advantage with the officiating, and it’s clear that Kerr shouldn’t be talking. But even if we simply delve into his comments, there’s no logic to his words.
Of course the Warriors won’t need to depend on just one player, as they’re littered with superstars, as they still have Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green. But it doesn’t stop there, as we’ve heard endless rumors about the Warriors making a run at two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, which will bring the point home even further.
On top of that, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that Kerr took over former Warriors coach Mark Jackson’s team, which was a finished product by the time Kerr became the Dubs’ head coach. Jackson inherited a Warriors team that was a lottery team in 2011 and transformed them into a contender after just one year on the job, which made Kerr’s job exponentially easier upon taking over in 2014.
At the end of the day, the Warriors’ brass deserves credit for being able to continually add superstars to the Dubs, as that isn’t easy, from both a financial standpoint and a cohesiveness perspective. But the roster construction is half the battle, so if they’re going to continue to load up on no less than three Hall of Famers, then they shouldn’t exactly be poking humor at teams that don’t have that same embarrassment of riches.
Because frankly they should be winning titles with their personnel, and they also don’t need to be overly dependent on one player, considering how they continue to make runs at former MVPs.