Steve Kerr supports the league starting the regular season earlier to avoid back-to-backs. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr in favor of adjusting schedule to limit back-to-backs, crowded stretches

OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr offered his support for the plan that was the subject of an ESPN report indicating that the NBA will begin the schedule 10 days earlier next year.

By shortening the preseason slate and starting the regular season earlier, the league would have the flexibility to cut down on back-to-backs and crowded stretches during the calendar.

“I think it makes perfect sense,” Kerr said during his pregame press conference on Monday night. “Preseason is too long. We don’t need eight games and I think three weeks of camp or so with five exhibition games is perfect.”

In the final game of their homestand, the Warriors are hosting an Indiana Pacers team that is on the second leg of a back-to-back. Beginning Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center, the Dubs will embark on a stretch of four games in fives nights and five in seven.

“I’m not actually totally opposed to back-to-backs,” Kerr explained. “I think back-to-backs occasionally are fine. It’s the four in five nights — it’s what we have coming up.”

“Five in seven. That’s rough. That’s tough,” Kerr said. “An occasional back-to-back is fine. These guys are phenomenal athletes, obviously. It’s more the cumulative effect. The group of games bunched together in a week or 10 days. That can get you. Hopefully that’s what the league can kind of alleviate through this new schedule.”

When Raymond Ridder, the Dubs’ PR guru, pointed out to Kerr that he’s not supposed to comment on issues related to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, the coach made light of earlier comments he had made that were taken out of context and misconstrued.

“I’m already a stoner,” Kerr joked.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Star of 49ers win, Mostert consoled injured teammate: “We’re brothers”

Raheem Mostert, who broke his arm against the Oakland Raiders in 2018, was able to empathize with some of the pain that Coleman was experiencing

The Niners faithful recall a different time as they celebrate their team’s victory

Minutes from Candlestick Park, the ancestral home of the 49ers, several of… Continue reading

The Niners are going to the Super Bowl

With a 37-20 win over the visiting Green Bay Packers, the 49ers punched their tickets to Miami, FL

Photos: San Francisco 49ers fans tailgate at Levi’s

San Francisco 49ers fans tailgate at Levi’s Stadium before the big game

SF Lives: Divorcing San Francisco

“This is a town that thrived on being eclectic. I don’t think we can recover,”

Most Read