In basketball, the spotlight is often on the team superstars, and coaches have to be extra exceptional to get their fair share of it. But that doesn’t mean superstar coaches don’t exist. According to 10-time NBA All-Star and Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd, his generation has one such coach.
There’s one right now
Of course, their playing days are over, so Kidd said the metric for determining who’s who in the “coaching fraternity” is different. And based on his judgment, the “superstar” of all coaches at present is none other than Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
“In the coaching fraternity, [Kerr] is the superstar,” Kidd told FOX Sports. “He is the Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson. If you use the Spurs, the Tim Duncan, David Robinson.”
Kidd further raved about Kerr’s qualities by stating that he’s in the realm where the legendary Gregg Popovich is, adding, “he’s right there with Pop [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] when you talk about superstar coaches.”
What the superstar player thinks of Kerr
As a head coach himself, it’s only fitting that Kidd gives props to Kerr, who has already won the chip four times in his coaching career. But while J-Kidd’s comments about his peer seemed legit, nothing could be more accurate and pure than the one from Kerr’s best player, Steph Curry.
According to Curry, Kerr gets his hands on the pie, and he’s doing tremendously well in every aspect of his line of work. In fact, Steph said that his coach is good even in those areas beyond his primary job description.
Like Kidd, Curry is convinced that Kerr is ultimately the man as far as coaching goes.
“He just brought his humility, his consistency and his empathy for people. That’s a big part of his career and just understanding what it takes to be an NBA player, all the different things that have to go right within an organization to put yourselves in position to be successful. He’s been in pretty much every seat, player, coach, GM, analyst, everywhere in between. He has a lot of different vantage points on how to communicate and manage people. The care level is through the roof in terms of (players) 1-15, like we’re going to approach it the same way,” Curry said of Kerr.
Delving into it a bit, it isn’t that hard to believe Kidd and Curry’s assessment of Kerr. Because what we are witnessing right now is how a true multi-time champion player and coach works his magic.