JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports activities Author
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Onerous hats on, Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant lifted their golden shovels full of dust in a ceremonial second for the Warriors franchise because it broke floor on snazzy new San Francisco digs in the end. And maintaining KD in a Golden State uniform to see it via is a key a part of the grand plan.
This undertaking has already been 4½ years within the making.
“Truthfully, a aid to some extent,” proprietor and CEO Joe Lacob stated.
Kerr is campaigning for the Golden State identify to remain put alongside together with his celebrity gamers.
“We’re the Golden State Warriors and it’s less than me, however I don’t need it to vary,” Kerr stated. “It’s a singular identify. It’s the one one prefer it within the league. I want to see that stay. I absolutely consider we’re nonetheless the Bay Space’s workforce, regardless of whether or not we’re enjoying in Oakland or San Jose or San Francisco. The identify Golden State Warriors, there’s an excessive amount of historical past, there’s an excessive amount of custom to vary.”
Even when in a hit-oriented enterprise just like the NBA, no one is aware of who will nonetheless be round when 18,000-seat Chase Middle is full. Kerr has no concept if he’ll even nonetheless be on the sidelines then.
“For those who’re fortunate sufficient in life, like I’ve been, you attain some extent the place you get to decide on who you’re employed with, you get to decide on the place you reside and also you get to decide on the place you’re employed,” Kerr stated. “By these metrics, I need to keep right here endlessly. I’m additionally an NBA coach and I’m nicely conscious that this constructing goes to take about three years to construct, so the probabilities of me standing on the sidelines for the Warriors are slim to hopeful. Perhaps as, like, the coach of one other group.
“Thus far, so good, so hopefully I’ll nonetheless be right here.”
Subsequent, Golden State will probably work to maintain each two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and Durant for the lengthy haul by negotiating new offers this yr. Kerr speaks to Durant day by day and is aware of he’s completely happy together with his new Bay Space environment.
“We’re going to win for a very long time. … We’ll do no matter it takes to be champions once more,” Lacob stated of spending on gamers.
He even publicly put KD on the spot: “Kevin Durant got here right here with no new area. Thanks, Kevin … and in addition for agreeing to re-signal this…