SAN FRANCISCO (95.7 The Game) -- The day after Kevin Durant’s memorable press conference, which ended his media silence, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr joined “The Damon Bruce Show” for a nuanced conversation.
Kerr spoke extensively on the topic, putting the whole back-and-forth into perspective.
“It’s part of the deal. As I talk about with our team every year, it’s part of the gig. This is what we sign up for," Kerr told 95.7 The Game on Thursday. "Yes, we all get paid for either our coaching ability or playing ability, but we also get paid to be part of the soap opera and the machine, whatever you want to call it. The beast.
“And all the revenue that generates the salary cap, it doesn’t all come from ticket sales. It comes from media rights and all kinds of financial streams that are based in people’s intense interests in the league.
“And so, you just kind of have to deal with that and go along with that and there are going to be times when you get upset, and you just move on. You just keep going.”
Kerr said he had not yet spoken with Durant following the press conference -- which Kerr watched when he arrived home Wednesday night -- because the Warriors didn’t practice on Thursday. Kerr said he was sure he would talk with Durant soon.
“He’s a grown man, and he’s got to do his job and I’ve got to do mine,” Kerr said. “We talk all the time, just like I do with all the players.”
Kerr also addressed the Warriors' visit with Tommie Smith, the civil rights icon who famously protested at the 1968 Olympics with a raised fist (alongside John Carlos). Smith was at the team's practice facility on Tuesday and honored during Wednesday's game at Oracle Arena.
“It was very fun to see generations connect over something that is obviously still very relevant today because Colin Kaepernick is basically a modern-day Tommie Smith,” Kerr said. “There’s really no difference — making peaceful protests of human rights violations. And so, here we are, whatever it is, 60 years later? And still talking about the same issue.”
By Karl Buscheck