Steve Kerr addresses Finals collapse, ‘cowards’ comment and final roster spot

OAKLAND — If last season’s epic Finals’ collapse is still eating at Steve Kerr, he didn’t show it during his pregame press conference before the Golden State Warriors last preseason tuneup.

“As far as the 3-1 stuff, it doesn’t matter if you get swept or lose in seven, you’re up 3-0 or 3-2 or whatever. You either win or you lose,” Kerr said. “And Cleveland did a great job, obviously, coming back. And we couldn’t close the deal and that’s how it goes.”

Kerr also isn’t concerned about the 3-1 smack talk and memes that are flooding timelines around the NBA Twitterverse.

“If any of our players are worried about social media, then they have a long, miserable life ahead of them.”

— When asked about Klay Thompson’s rant about the anonymous “coward” comment from an ESPN story that ran earlier this week, Kerr offered an extended response.

“It upset me too. I don’t know who said that,” Kerr said. “I guarantee it wasn’t any of our coaching staff. I would be shocked if it was anyone in basketball management. We don’t do that.”

The head coach said he’s talked to Draymond Green about the ESPN story, but not to the team at large.

“If somebody wants to say something, then they should put their name on it,” Kerr said. “And if you don’t feel like you can put your name on it, you shouldn’t say it.”

He also questioned the validity of an “unnamed source” in general.

“On the other hand, I also know how it works these days. What is an unnamed source? Who are ‘sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking?’ It’s gotten harder and harder to kind of control stuff and keep things in house these days.”

— JaVale McGee, who missed the team’s shoot around with a tweaked knee, is good to go for the exhibition finale. Kerr discussed the reasoning behind giving the reserve center the final roster spot.

“I think he had a good camp and he gives us something that we don’t have without other centers, just with that length and ability to catch a lob and finish. I think he has the potential to help us, so we’ll see how it goes.”

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