Steve Kerr thinks defending the 2022-23 Warriors title would be ‘really fun’

Steve Kerr knows a thing or two about trying to replicate as an NBA champion. He also knows what it means to try to win three consecutive NBA titles.

This largely explains Why is Kerr looking forward to me The next defense of the title of warriors During the 2022-23 NBA season.

“My experience is that trying to repetition is actually really fun,” Kerr said at the 95.7 demo of Damon & Rato on Thursday. “It’s when you’re lucky enough to win twice in a row that that third year is where you get to be a real business.”

As a Chicago Bulls player, Kerr and Co won the NBA title in 1996 and repeated as champions in 1997. They managed to win three times in 1998, but this was the last infamous dance for the Bulls led by Michael Jordan. Kerr then moved to the San Antonio Spurs and won the title in 1999 but were unable to repeat in 2000. Kerr and Tottenham won the championship again in 2003 but faltered in 2004.

As coach of the Warriors, Kerr experienced the pain and joy of striving for repetition. Golden State came out short in 2016, but managed to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for back-to-back NBA Finals in 2017 and 2018.

But after a happy run to win the 2021-22 title, Kerr can’t wait to get into training camp and start the new season.

“I don’t think we’re going to get burned in any way,” Kerr said. “Actually, I think we’re going to be really excited. I think all of our guys are going to be ready to roll and try again and try again. Our guys love to play, they love to compete. That’s what they do. They’ve had a good rest this summer, so I think everyone is excited.”

“And they don’t have much to prove, if anything. But that’s also a really good place, when you play with a little bit of the house money. For our vets, Steve [Curry]Clay [Thompson]Draymond [Green]Andrei, perhaps [Iguodala]Depending on what he decides to do, these guys have four rings and have nothing to prove. So they can go out and let it rip and play for the fun of the game and their natural competitiveness will take over. I expect we’ll have a great season.”

When asked why he felt there was such a difference between trying a repeat and a three peat, Kerr talked about how much of the third year it takes for the team, just like what happened to the Warriors in 2019 when they felt this team was finally ready to break up.

“I think by the third year, everything catches up with you,” Kerr said. “Physical, emotional and spiritual toll, that’s tough. You have teams chasing you every night. Great teams, great athletes, great coaches, plotters, schemers, and it’s exhausting being on that mountaintop and making people try to annoy you every day.”

“Year 2, in my experience, there’s a lot of confidence, there’s a lot of joy, there’s a lot of energy, and after that year 3, I’ve been like a marathon runner and the last miles, you’re just trying to get to the finish line and it’s hard to win that way” .

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Right now, all the Warriors need to worry about is trying to replicate and win their fifth NBA title in nine seasons. They could worry about trying to peat three times next summer.

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