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Wow, Lowell! I don’t agree with your take at all. That game had nothing to do with coaching. I don’t even think it had anything to do with the Warriors. I think it had everything to do with Lebron James.
I have never liked Lebron James. I always thought he was too much hype. I thought he was a great player but not as good as Durant and/or Curry when his shot is working, which is most of the time. But that last quarter of game 7 – he wanted it more than anyone in the arena and had the physical ability, stamina and skill set to make it happen at both ends of the floor. He took over and made it happen. You have got to respect that, at least I sure do.
In my book, the Warriors did not lose that game as much as the Cavaliers won it – fair and square. There was no coaching or discipline that would have changed the outcome. As a Warrior fan I can accept that. And I have changed my opinion about Lebron. He is the best player in the world.
Boo Dennis. In game 7 Ezeli was an obvious disaster in the first half and the halftime lead went up in smoke when Kerr started him and didn’t take him out until the lead was all gone. Credit to the LBJ and the Cavs, but the substitutions were absolutely a part of letting that last game get by.
And Game 7was just the end of the choke. With all that talent against a team you match up exceptionally well against you dont’ become the only team in Finals history to choke away a 3-1 series lead if the coaching is beyond reproach.
To be clear, there isn’t another coach in the league I’d rather have. But owning just criticism is part of getting better. If you asked Kerr I bet he’d say the same.
Sorry Shane, but as the saying goes, it is a make miss league. At the end of game 7 the Warriors missed and the Cavs made. Coaching had nothing to do with it. That same finishing line up won how many games for the Warriors before that night?
The last FOUR minutes + of the game,the Warriors put up all bricks aka jumpshots.
THAT’S bad,to horrible coaching.
How is that bad to horrible coaching?
Are U kidding me? No time outs or set plays as the clock was running out of the 7th game? What is a coach for?! He wasn’t’ coach Kerr,he was Couch Kerr!
Make miss league. The Warriors did not make and the Cavs did. No coaching involved. Plain and simple. Call all the time outs you want. It doesn’t matter if you can’t make your shots and the other team does.
That is what we used to call a cop out answer. As in ,no answer. You might as well have said coaches don’t coach,they just are there for moral support!
Then why don’t the coaches just go into the locker room while the teams play? Gimme a break. If you’re arguing that substitutions and who’s on the floor and who’s not don’t matter at all, you’re arguing that coaches don’t exist or influence games at all. If that’s the case why hell did the team take off when Mark Jackson left and Kerr came in?
If it’s a “make miss” league why did that matter?
And again, they lost three straight and last two on their home floor. If you’re saying coaching is no part of it, then you’re saying coaches don’t matter.
All you are offering in defense of this hypothesis is “the team that makes the most basket wins.” No kidding. Stop the presses.
Well, when you say it like that, fair enough. But what I came away from that game with was that Lebron was not going to be stopped or denied no matter what Steve Kerr did. The only thing that might have dissuaded him was a few made 3’s from Curry or Thompson, and that is a maybe. It didn’t happen and that’s not Kerr’s fault in my book.
You are 100% squared right.Or,a square that is right- be that as it may-wink.
You are the only one to point out that Kerr did a crappy job under pressure. He folded like a bad suitcase full of a house of cards. To just sit there as Curry did his showtime behind the back passing- right to nobody- and never call a timeout to settle his free falling team,is choke 101.
Kerr is not a great coach. He was hired because he gets along with Lacob greatly. He “looks” coachy. Big deal.
The Warriors- defending champs- showed no discipline. That as we all know,starts at the top.
He deserves to be scrutinized like this. I’ve seen him make adjustments before quite successfully but he failed to do so in that series. He did point to the entire playoffs where the W’s had quite a few rough patches, especially OKC. The collapse started there and it continued through the playoffs. Obviously injuries were a part of it, but I believe your auto pilot assessment is correct. Don’t rock the boat. It didn’t quite get it done and it won’t work this year.
I like Steve and am glad he is our coach. But the honeymoon is officially over.
Lowell, I think this is reasonable and sound and I especially appreciate when you point out when your interview subject is being evasive. So much of that is in body language and the things that aren’t said. When the writer doesn’t point that out to there reader it slips by when only the subject’s words are there in black and white.
I also believe you are onto something about Kerr’s absence and Draymond Green. I think Kerr and Draymond agree and have said that they jaw at each other and keep each other in check and if Kerr’s not there he’s not keeping Draymond in check. Draymond was suspended in the Finals for the totality of his behavior over the whole season. I’d like to see how many of his Ts came when Kerr was out. Kerr as is known is a tough SOB under his cool demeanor. This is a man who fist fought Michael Jordan, knowing he’d lose. No pushover.
While I don’t know that this is true it is a sound line of questioning IMO. And again, none of this is Kerr’s fault even if it’s true. The team was better off using Walton in the interim and waiting for Kerr to come back. he’s a great coach. But not having your great coach on the bench has consequences no matter how stellar the wins and losses look. They are now the best single-season team ever to not win a championship.
Yes, Kerr had a bad game seven. That’s on him. But the series was lost when Green was suspended. If that hadn’t happened, they come home and take care of business. (I’m forcing myself not to mention the absence of Bogut and Iguodala’s back.)
Et Tu Brute?
Can it be that the gloss on the beloved Dubs is wearing thin?
Can it be that accountability is the order of this season?
Let’s see if this defensively challenged group of superstars can outscore everybody every night.
Let’s see if Draymond is on a shorter tether than in the past.
Go get em’ Lowell…
Lowell, Colin Kaepernick is on the cover of Time Magazine, and 60 Minutes is calling on him for an interview also. You might think he is on the wrong side of things, but truly he is not, Imvho.
Colin’s stance is very popular in general, and especially very popular with the media. It gets clicks and Tweets and Re-Tweets and has people watching shows where the talking heads talk about it ad nauseum. Time is hoping it sells magazines.
The media’s incessant leveraging his popularity has nothing whatsoever to do with whether he’s on the right side of things.
I’d also suggest that he follow the lead of athletes like LeBron James and Cam Newton who don’t go in for gestures. They actually work in their communities in the offseason after their job is over. Oh, but wait. Colin is mad at Cam because Cam stole the “dab” from him.
Yeah, a year ago, before his new girlfriend and Twitter hashtags “Twoke” Colin, his biggest gripe on social media was whether another NFL player stole his dance. Or whatever that is.
I don’t predict a 60 Minutes interview will go well. I don’t think he’s a deep person. And I think he ought to get back to work and focus his activism on his time off.
Wow you got “deep” into the reeds with that Comment…But as a Person of Color, it’s the “message” that deserves Focusing on. It is Major Issue within our Community, that Colin has put the Focus on, Its NOT about him, Imvho.
Oh, but it is about him. It’s all about him and he is the wrong guy for it to be about for the reasons Shane pointed out.
In addition, this isn’t a national issue that is going to be solved on a national basis. It needs to be solved in the communities where the tension and distrust exist. Having your picture on magazines and doing TV interviews will do little to solve the problem because while in the end it really is a local issue.
No national law, or Executive order is going to eliminate the mistrust on both sides.
A guy named Dennis. Must be one of those “compassionate white dudes.”
Really, what mother in the past 40 years names their kid ‘Dennis’??
So what exactly is the difference between “don’t rock the boat” and “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?
OK, sure, rhetorical question and then some. Because we all know that it is simply a matter of perspective. Or even more to the point a simple matter of winning and losing. Warriors win game seven and it is latter. Since they did not, it is the former and spawns all of the questions.
I like any other fan want to see just what happens with this team going forward
How will they mesh?
Can they share the ball?
Is it really all about winning or will the ego’s get in the way?
Can they defend when they have too?
To this point all of the players are saying the right things. And I would imagine, doing the right things. So until proven otherwise, I am just going to sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Been a tremendous ride so far!
Cohn being exposed GLOBALLY for the sniveling snot he always was and is.
I exposed YOU as pretending to be a black man. How racist is that of U? Don’t ever try to deny it, “HawX.”
The only thing you “exposed” is the tiny, shriveled manhood your boyfriend calls ‘The Little Rascal’.
lol,Yeah Spike Lee almost called a white guy pretending to be black “Haw Haw”! Its so ethnic!
Haw!..Ice T,Tupac,and now Haw Haw Connor Chase Brandon Smithers the third!
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.