Steve Kerr Signs Extension With Warriors

JULY 17, 6:00pm: Kerr has signed an extension, the team announced in a press release. “We’re excited to have Steve under contract and poised to lead our team for the next several years,” Warriors GM Bob Myers said in a statement.

JUNE 29, 9:01pm: Kerr will at least double his $5MM per year salary, according to Monte Poole of NBC Sports.

6:23pm: The Warriors are finalizing a contract extension with head coach Steve Kerr, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN writes. The new deal will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the NBA.

The extension will build onto the reigning champion bench boss’ existing five-year contract, which he signed for a total of $25MM back in 2014. That was Kerr’s first contract as a head coach in the NBA, the retired player having previously served as an analyst and executive.

In four seasons with the Warriors franchise, Kerr’s squad has sported a legendary .808 winning percentage, claiming three titles along the way.

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37 thoughts on “Steve Kerr Signs Extension With Warriors

    • afsooner02

      He has nothing to do with it though. Victim of circumstance…much like Phil Jackson and his 10 rings.

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  1. skrockij89

    Overhyped coach. Stevie Wonder could coach this team to win championships.

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    • imindless
      imindless

      Kerr knows anyone could coach this team lol. But if you want to pay the man, by all means.

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    • FauxBaller

      Much as I don’t like the Warriors, Mark Jackson had the same roster(pretty KD) and barely got to 50 wins and wasn’t able to get past the first round.

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      • knickscavsfan

        Wow…your comment is so misleading. Jackson inherited a team that won no more 39 games for 3 consecutive years in a row. As head coach he went from 23 wins to 47 to 51. He was then fired and Kerr inherited a roster from the previous year that boasted Curry, Thompson, Green, Barnes and former all-stars Iggy and David Lee. If you can appreciate the obvious ascension that Jackson oversaw and Kerr picked up and advanced then I’m not sure what to say about you. That’s a +23 in wins in three years as head coach. Nothing against Kerr, but Jackson handed him a championship caliber team.

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        • yoyo137

          I 1000% agree with you. If Steve Kerr didn’t take over what was already a well managed team, who everyone already knew their role and would be completely unproblematic and ultimately super helpful to a new, 1st time coach like him. The growth of this team should be attributed 60% to Jackson for installing the defense first, team ball mentality, and 40% for Kerr, already having a wealth of knowledge from his Bulls years, and his Suns GM years to transition an already ready squad into a championship team.

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        • yoyo137

          I also think that Steve Kerr is an amazing coach, and that Mark Jackson might not have made the decision to go small against the Cavs in game 5 of the NBA Finals, which ultimately led to the whole upset. They were both integral to the Warriors winning anything.

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          • liamsfg

            Jackson refused to hire the best staff available. He preferred to keep people in his circle around him. The Warriors wanted to change some things up and Jackson refused. He was then let go.

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    • Not overhyped at all. I agree that almost any other coach could lead the Warriors to a championship except for this past year (and potentially future years). The good coaches are able to lead their team into the playoffs. The best coaches are able to keep their guys in line and help them find the motivation they need when the going gets tough or when success is easily expected. Kerr’s value showed itself when basically every player and coach from the Warriors said that this was their hardest year. From dealing with all the injuries to finding a way to motivate the players, Kerr proved himself as one of the best.

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  2. Dodgethis

    Morons will always say moronic things. Steve Kerr has/had a major role in making the warriors what they are today. He unlocked and brought out the hidden potential in draymond green, who before Kerr was a shell of the player he is today, and no green means the warriors don’t win a single ring. Kerr also improved curry defense from non existent to the above average he is now. Steve Kerr brought a championship mentality, and molded the warriors from a good team to a legendary team. Name a coach with a higher win percentage. Also, look at the warriors before Kerr took over. Those of us who aren’t moron teenagers remember the yearly torture That was warriors basketball. Steve Kerr is the best coach in the NBA, and it’s not even close since pop is so old now.

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    • Dodgethis

      Also last I checked Steve Kerr has more rings than any warrior, and he s got a whole hand more.

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    • skrockij89

      Typical triggered Warriors fan. Walton took over the same team and won 24 straight. So yeah anyone could coach this team to the playoffs.

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      • wdwyer

        I agree anyone could coach this team now to the playoffs. But The warriors wouldn’t be the dynasty they are now without him.

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      • Dodgethis

        Walton ran Steve Kerr offense and defense schemes. Used Kerr playbook, and Kerr called the shots, just wasn’t on the floor. Try again.

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        • skrockij89

          Walton also threw in the triangle offense. So it wasn’t all Kerr’s plays and Kerr wasn’t calling any shots because he was out… So.. Try again.

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      • So you could coach the Warriors to a championship? What’s the plan when things go wrong? It hasn’t been all sunshines and rainbows in Golden State.

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    • knickscavsfan

      Dodgethis “Also, look at the warriors before Kerr took over.”

      Ok, let’s do that.

      year before Jackson: 36-46 record

      1st year w/ Jackson: Curry misses 59 games, Klay’s rookie year, no Draymond Green = 23 wins

      2nd year w/ Jackson: Full year of Curry and Clay, Green underused bench player.1st post-season appearance in 6 years. = 47 wins (double what they won his 1st year)

      3rd year w/ Jackson: Greens playing time starts to increase and he’s coming into his own. Curry 1st time all-star. 2nd consecutive playoff appearance.

      Fired and hire Kerr: He wins the finals his 1st year.

      You can give credit to Kerr for subbing Iggy and starting Green who played a major role in winning all their rings but to overlook a) The circumstances of the team Jackson inherited in season 1 (consecutive years of sucking), b) Ignore the fact that Curry missed 59 games in Jackson’s 1st year. c) Ignore the substantial + wins he accrued in years 2nd (+24) and 3rd (+4) then you are pushing a false narrative. He was tasked with turning a 6 year bottom feeder into a playoff caliber team and he did so in his first 3 years and was then fired.

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      • Dodgethis

        He was tasked with developing young talant, and he did that. There is a huge difference in developing talant and winning. Also, draymond himself credits Kerr for his substantial improvement. It’s not like I pull it out of my you know what!

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      • toby312

        Once again if Jackson was such a good coach and a developer of talent, why did they fire him?

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    • Clark K

      What a biased Warriors fan, facts are facts NO COACH in the history of the NBA has had 4 top 25 players (now 5) maybe that has something to do with him having such a great win percentage? A literal monkey could coach this team to the finals. It makes 0 sense to compare Mark Jackson to Kerr, Jackson didn’t have a MVP Curry, a lights out Klay, a top 2 defensive player in Green not to mention KD. To say Pop isn’t one of the best coaches because he’s old is ridiculous, he lead a Spurs team without Kawhi to the playoffs last year.

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      • toudi

        That’s 5 of the top10 players :)
        Not counting Iggy who surely is top25

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  3. julyn82001

    Yeah we shall all be making that kind of money here in the Bay Area! There is nothing wrong with dreaming…

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    • Dodgethis

      I would just be happy with enough money to afford rent in a decent area. Should only take about 4k a month!

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    • yoyo137

      With how inflated property values have become in the Bay Area, the way they’ve begun to gentrify everything including the Oakland area, yes everyone in the bay area should be paid at least enough to afford to stay there. Unfortunately that’s not how it works and is contributing to people moving out of California for places like Texas and Arizona because it’s simply not fiscally responsible to live in California anymore.

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  4. Jackson did a great job, but as always happens the guy that does all the hard work behind the curtains will always go unnoticed. Kerr & Popovich are over hyped coaches for me, yes they do nice jobs but anyone would with their talent, they never have done anything to make me think wow this guy is a genius, they all had superstars to win for them.

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    • Ask Steph, Klay, and Draymond who they would prefer to play for. Mike Brown got fired as coach of the Cavs. He got a chance to coach the Warriors against the Cavs in the Finals.

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    • Not at all. The difference between being a good coach and being one of the best coaches is keeping the team together when it gets tough, getting the most out of your subs, and keeping your team motivated when winning becomes stale. Popovich, Kerr, and Brad Stevens all fall in the “best coach” category because they are all able to do this. Plenty of other coaches have had superstar talent but failed to maximize it. Dwayne Casey, a good coach, was fired because he failed to take the Raptors to the next level.

      Yes Kerr has an absolutely stacked Warriors roster but between injuries and motivation-related issues it would have been easy for the Warriors to lose in the WCF. Kerr was a big reason why the team is able to stick together. As much as it is about having a good roster, its also about creating an environment that players want to be in and where they can freely express their concerns with the coaches/players performance. For Popovich, sure he’s had superstars but he’s always found ways to maximize the production from the bench players. This past year would be a perfect example. No Kawhi with LaMarcus Aldridge as the only player who posed any sort of threat offensively and the Spurs still made the playoffs. Good coaching isn’t just a matter of how good your roster is, its much more in-depth. There’s a lot more to coaching than deciding who is playing.

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    • hopper15

      If Mark Jackson is so great what’s stopping another team from hiring him?

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  5. It’s like that everywhere. The manufacturing moved out of Indianapolis and the population went from 1.1 million to 850,000. The manufacturing moved out of Detroit and the population went from 1.8 million to 850,000. Those are good paying jobs that used to be able to afford tickets.

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  6. imindless
    imindless

    In a few years we will see what happens when his player start to break down or leave what kind of coach he truly is. We could be looking at another eric spolestra.

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  7. Mark Jackson is a PITA, with his zealous brand of overbearing religiousness – ‘Can I get an Amen’? Cue Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen squirming. Making the players pray, firing assistant coaches who called him out on it, smh.
    The players want ex-players for coaches, but those coaches have to be above and separate to the players in order to gain respect and loyalty. Mark Jackson was way too involved in his players’ lives.

    Kerr has a calm presence, is open to the psychology of sports, the spiritual aspect yes, but not in a religious way and is just likeable. Phil Jackson was equally successful but was enigmatic and unlikeable and actually fairy vicious in the media . Pop has never made any pretense of being likeable but he’s consistent and fair, and has never had so much as a whiff of controversy around him or the way he conducts business.

    I’d like to see Chauncey Billups try his hand at coaching. He has a great demeanor and the respect of players.

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