Steve Kerr echoed many sports fans on a recent appearance on KNBR: He wondered why the traveling call confounds so many NBA referees.
Apparently, sounding like a fan will cost you when you’re the head coach of the most visible team in the NBA. The league announced Sunday it had fined the Golden State Warriors head man $25,000.
“I can literally put together a blooper reel of plays that are embarrassing travels that are just not called,” Kerr said. “I believe what you just said. It’s a case of they have so many things to look at. They are looking at defensive three seconds, they’re looking at contact in the lane when people are cutting through. They are looking at the charge and block circle. They are looking at everything they should be looking at, [except a] basic rule of the game, which is traveling.
“It’s a shame. Guys are getting away with murder out there. And fans see it. My favorite is when you see the visiting team travel and you see like a 1,000 fans in the background all doing the traveling signal with their hands. If those people saw it, how come the refs didn’t?”
Coaches are typically assessed a $25,000 fine when they blast officials, but this instance is somewhat unique in that Kerr wasn’t pointing at a particular play from his team or in a recent game.
Wrapping up the trip
The Dubs are in the midst of a four-game road trip that wraps up tonight in Indianapolis.
The Pacers will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back after beating the Thunder in Oklahoma City in overtime on Sunday.
Golden State is riding a seven-game winning streak into its match against the Pacers.