After leading the Golden State Warriors to four straight NBA Finals appearances in his first four years, Steve Kerr will be rewarded with one of the biggest contracts of any coach in the league.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news today on Twitter and followed up with a brief article that noted that the contract is a sign that Kerr’s health is at a point where he believes he can continue coaching. Tim Kawakami reinforced the notion that Kerr’s health is better based on his reporting about the contract negotiations back in October.
Three-time NBA championship coach Steve Kerr is finalizing a contract extension that will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the NBA, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2018
Kerr to me in October: "Yeah, I’m a horrible negotiator. But I’m not going anywhere else.”— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) June 29, 2018
-Also: "I would feel weird about committing to something years out if I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make the commitment."
(Note: He feels better.)https://t.co/8WOuniiV22
There will continue to be those that doubt Kerr’s ability or how much success he deserves for the Warriors’ success, but the lucrative extension is an obvious sign that the franchise is committed to him and his ability to guide this team to more championships.
Regarding Steve Kerr's extension, sometimes I hear the notion "anyone could coach four All-Stars" but don't underestimate the culture Kerr brought, how the players are free to be themselves, and his experience at every level. Kerr deserves his slice of the credit for success.— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) June 29, 2018
There is still no word about whether this contract will be enough to afford Kerr his new house in San Francisco, an absurdly priced city that has experienced “an ongoing typhoon of housing expenses” based on multiple reports and standard human observation — if Woj could drop that bomb, it would be greatly appreciated.
Kerr after the Finals on the impending extension: “I’m going to need it because I just bought a house in San Francisco and I’m going to have to coach for another 20 years to afford that house." https://t.co/HG57ma9ICX— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 29, 2018