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"I snap three clipboards a year" — Steve Kerr opens up about his attitude as a coach

Steve Kerr may not be a hothead like most NBA coaches, but "three or four times a year" stay out of his way.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reaches for a clipboard

Steve Kerr

Since Steve Kerr took over as the Golden State Warriors head coach in 2014, everything has been lovely for the Dubs. Kerr turned the team into a dynasty, having won four NBA titles in the last eight years. However, what some of us didn’t see was how Kerr polishes the Warriors on a regular basis. And yes, like any other championship team, Kerr’s Warriors also have ups and downs.

Coach Kerr snaps sometimes

As a coach, Kerr is well aware of how big his responsibility is. Guys like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green will execute, but it’s Kerr’s job to hand them their roles and push them to their limits if he has to. And according to the man himself, it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Nevertheless, we seldom see Kerr get fired up during intense games like most of his peers in the NBA. If anything, he would even flash a peaceful smile during terrible situations. Over time, people have gone curious about how he is as a coach, and surprisingly, Kerr admitted he reaches his boiling point at times too.

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Personally, I snap three clipboards a year. [Laughs.] You know, I’m only half joking. I am really, really patient as a coach. But I snap three or four times a year... I completely lose my mind,” Kerr told Olympics.com in 2020. “…I have this habit of slamming down my clipboard and a few times a year, it snaps.

It’s good for the team

Leading a championship team is no walk in the park, indeed. To maintain a certain level of success, a coach should know how to bring the best out of the talent he has in his roster and, more importantly, to balance everything that comes with it, including ego and attitude. For Kerr, losing his temper now and then plays an important role in achieving all that.

I actually think it’s a good thing,” Kerr explained. “I think the players feel like my passion and my fury and my desire to win. And on most days they feel my patience. I think it’s important for me to kind of lose my temper every once in a while, as long as I don’t go overboard and just remind them how much this matters.

Having heard Kerr’s admission, we now know that behind that calm and composed demeanor is a man who could break a clipboard when things aren’t playing out well.

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