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“This is going to be the biggest challenge of Steve Kerr’s career” - Kendrick Perkins on the Golden State Warriors' slow start

Perkins explained why '22/'23 is going to top all the dramatic seasons the Warriors have had under Steve Kerr.
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The Golden State Warriors are uncharacteristically 3-6 to start the season, and Kendrick Perkins thinks this season will be like no other for Steve Kerr.

“This is going to be the biggest challenge of Steve Kerr’s career”

It’s too early to panic, but there is mounting concern about the Warriors’ slow start to the season. They sit at the 12th spot in the Western Conference standings, just above the L.A. Lakers. With a current four-game slide, fans couldn’t help but feel uneasy. The offseason wasn’t ideal for the team after the Draymond Green-Jordan Poole incident, and a video was leaked showing the altercation. 

It put cracks in the pristine Warriors’ image, and as much as the front office, coaches, and players try to sweep everything under the rug, it has not been the same since. Kendrick Perkins thinks this would be the greatest challenge of Kerr’s career, given the circumstances.

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This is going to be the biggest challenge of Steve Kerr’s coaching career. You alluded to Draymond Green punching and supposedly knocking out Jordan Poole so now you have to regain that trust. You have to get back that chemistry.” Perk said on First Take.

Perkins also discussed other matters that Golden State is facing. He mentioned Klay Thompson’s struggles. So far, he’s averaging 13.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. His numbers have been down across the board, especially from behind the arc, after only connecting 29.5% of his shots this season. 

Another reason Kendrick cited was the emergence of Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, who bagged multi-year deals. These two want bigger roles and prove to everyone they deserve their contracts. So now, with all the other emerging players from the team, there is a bit of a power struggle and if everyone is ready to accept their roles last season where they went on to win the championship.

Why Warriors fans shouldn’t worry

Steve Kerr had been a part of dynasties. He was a teammate of superstar players who clashed behind the scenes. If there is a coach in the league who has experienced how to handle players’ egos, it’s Steve Kerr.

The Golden State Warriors are still finding their groove, but we all know once they have figured things out, it will be very hard to stop them. The good thing is everyone is healthy, so it’s just a matter of getting everyone on the same page, and sacrificing numbers and minutes for the greater good of the team. The players shouldn’t worry about outside noise and instead concentrate on the task at hand: defend their title for a chance of a back-to-back. 

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