Steve Kerr: ‘This is not last year’

OAKLAND — As soon as Steve Kerr took the podium before the first home preseason game of the year, the Golden State Warriors head coach got right to work on tamping down the expectations for his super team.

“This not last year,” Kerr said. “This is totally different.”

As Kerr explained, he has seven brand new players to integrate into his squad, and four of those guys figure to have prominent roles in the rotation.

None more so than Kevin Durant, who the team has tasked with picking up some of the rebounds that departed along with Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Mo Speights — who was in the building with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Earlier in the day, at the team’s shoot around, Durant was asked if a double-double is a reasonable ask.

“That’s the goal. That would be a goal,” Durant said. “I’m not saying it’s a sure thing, but, you know, if you set your mind to something, you can always do it.

Kerr had to be asked twice before offering if he thinks it’s a possible target.

“I guess I didn’t answer that the first time,” Kerr joked.

“Yeah, I think it’s realistic. I think it’s a great goal. I’m pretty sure he’s going to get the double on the scoring side.”


— Before the game, Clippers head coach discussed whether his team had been a viable contender in the Durant sweepstakes this summer.

“We had a shot for sure,” Rivers said. “I mean, I think anybody who probably had a meeting had a shot at him. So, I don’t know how realistic it was, but I don’t think he’s the type of guy to hold meetings and not really think he was considering you.”

— Kevon Looney (strained groin) was ruled out for the game. Kerr wouldn’t offer a timeline for a return, simply saying Looney is day-to-day.”

— Kerr praised the Clippers, pointing out that the team has plenty of continuity — unlike his.

“To me, they’re one of the teams that are real contenders for the championship.”

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