Walters: Kerr's Popularity Product Of Success

Steve Kerr is perhaps the most visible coach in the NBA. That wouldn't be the case if he coached, say, the Suns or Magic

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November 01, 2018 - 1:30 pm

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As if winning five NBA titles as a player wasn’t enough, Steve Kerr is closing in on his third NBA title in four years as a head coach. 

Still, one must wonder: is Kerr’s job easy because of the talent on his roster, or difficult because of the egos and skill sets he must manage?

“It’s nearly impossible to coach when you don’t have talent,” former NBA player and current Pistons assistant coach Rex Walters said on The DA Show. “It doesn’t matter how good the X’s and O’s are. If the Jimmy’s and Joe’s aren’t very good, your job’s going to be really tough. Saying that, you have to manage egos, you have to make sure the ball gets to where it needs to get to, you’ve got to get guys to buy in on the defensive end to defend at a high level, to rebound at a high level, and obviously share the basketball. It’s not an easy job. 

“Granted, it’s a lot more fun when you have a lot more options,” Walters continued. “He’s got three great options offensively, he’s got a great facilitator in Draymond Green, and then he’s got really good role players.”

In recent years, Kerr has become perhaps the most recognizable coach in the NBA. He’s had a lot of success, and he isn’t afraid to share his opinion, whether it’s about basketball or politics.

But what if he coached for, say, the Magic? Or the Suns? Would he be as popular as he is today?

Probably not.

“You wouldn’t hear about him, we wouldn’t care about his political views as much, he wouldn’t be as funny or as good-looking,” Walters said, laughing. “The bottom line is you’ve got to have great players in this league. You’ve got to have great players in college. As a college coach, which I did for 10 years, you’ve got to have pros. If you do that, the sun shines brighter, the food tastes better, you’re funnier, you’re better-looking. The bottom line is you got to have players.”