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OAKLAND — Unlike what has passed as political discourse these days, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reached an agreement. Unlike his persistent criticisms about President Donald Trump, Popovich has vouched to be more diplomatic.
Popovoch has spent this past season jokingly accusing Spurs video coordinator Nick Kerr for being a spy for his father, Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Before Game 2 of the Warriors-Spurs first-round series on Monday at Oracle Arena, Popovich promised to make an in-game adjustment.
“He does not want any of this attention. I think the jokes may be over,” Steve Kerr said. “We have to move past that. That poor guy.”
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Popovich has made several jokes at that poor guy’s expense. Popovich said the Spurs have patted Nick Kerr down to see if he has a wire planted. Popovich has reported he observed Nick Kerr furiously typing on his computer during film sessions, openly wondering if he is sending the Spurs’ scouting reports directly to his father’s inbox. Popovich said the team voted informally that Nick Young could not attend a recent team meeting, only for Popovich to overrule his players. Popovich joked he would have fired Nick Kerr, if only he had evidence of collusion.
Unlike with what has happened with the Russia investigation, Popovich has no plans to send someone to raid the office of Steve or Nick Kerr to pursue any documents that could prove guilt. Instead, Popovich said he and Kerr “discussed” the issue and shook hands.
“It was quite funny when we did it all, but there’s a limit to humor. So we decided there would be no sorts of jokes,” Popovich said. “He’s an intellectually gifted and wonderful young man. We didn’t want to make it a characterization. He’s working his butt off to try to help us anyway he can to beat his father and the Warriors. A little bit of humor was good, but we don’t want to take it too far.”
It apparently went too far. Steve Kerr said that his son has become “embarrassed” with the stories about him every time the Warriors and Spurs played this season.
“He doesn’t want any attention. He loves his team,” Kerr said of his son. “He’s dying to win. He’s dying to beat us just like we’re dying to beat them. He’s unbelievably loyal to Pop and the players. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
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