The Golden State Warriors bookended Thanksgiving by roasting the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time in three days on Friday, so one would assume Warriors head coach Steve Kerr would be in a good mood following the contest. So, how did you like the 109-85 victory coach?
“It was one of the worst basketball games I’ve seen in my life,” Kerr told reporters. “We were awful, and they were awful, the people who bought tickets should get their money back honestly. I’m not trying to make a joke it was a horrible basketball game.”
Oh. Okay. Why did you think it was so bad?
“I don’t know, everyone had too much turkey last night, neither team practiced, they were without half their team,” Kerr continued. “At least [the Lakers] had an excuse. We were pretty bad but we got the win and will move on, hopefully we’ll play better tomorrow.”
That is about as strong of an indictment of a team by it’s own head coach as you’ll ever hear following a 24-point win, but Kerr has a point. It WAS a terrible game, featuring 35 turnovers combined and 35.6 percent shooting from the Lakers. The Warriors were also coming off of a 149-106 victory over Los Angeles, so technically this was a step backwards.
Just for fun, let’s annotate Kerr’s rant and make it a little bit more honest (all actual quotes in block text).
“It was one of the worst basketball games I’ve seen in my life.”
“I mean did you see Steph? Who misses a dunk?”
Curry blows the dunk pic.twitter.com/TQJJ7w4qs8— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) November 26, 2016
“We were awful, and they were awful, the people who bought tickets should get their money back honestly. I’m not trying to make a joke it was a horrible basketball game.”
“Seriously. Steph blew a dunk like it was a 3-1 NBA Finals lead. This isn’t funny, guys, stop laughing.”
“I don’t know, everyone had too much turkey last night”
(This is probably accurate)
Sooooo was Ayesha Curry cooking for like 2 weeks for today? pic.twitter.com/5cq65Q95rA— Alysha Tsuji (@AlyshaTsuji) November 25, 2016
“Neither team practiced, they were without half their team.”
(Not quite accurate, but the Lakers were without over half of their starters, as D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Nick Young sat out with injuries)
“At least [the Lakers] had an excuse.”
“That they aren’t even good. WE HAVE HALF OF TEAM USA ON OUR ROSTER. How do we ever not win by 50??”
“We were pretty bad but we got the win and will move on, hopefully we’ll play better tomorrow.”
“The Timberwolves are about to take a beat-down.”
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.