As a former general manager, broadcaster and even a current head coach for the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr has been familiar with Kevin Durant’s game since the former league MVP entered the NBA. Until this season though, however, Kerr wasn’t very familiar with Kevin Durant the person.
“I knew his game really well, I just didn’t know him personally, and that’s been the best part,” Kerr told The Jim Rome Show on Thursday. “Just getting to know what kind of teammate he is, what kind of worker he is, he never misses a day of practice. He loves being on the floor, he takes great joy in his teammates’ success and just an incredibly unselfish player and human being. So I’m lucky he is a really easy guy to coach.”
Durant is without question a superstar like his teammate Steph Curry, but Kerr said both players approach the game much differently.
“Everybody is totally different in their mindset, their makeup, their background. A guy like Steph is not going to think a whole lot, he’s just going to go out there and play,” Kerr said. “I would say KD is a little bit more of a thinker. He’s going to really sort of assess what’s happening on the floor. There are times when I think he does need to just let loose and play and have fun and not think too much, but each guy is different, and so as a coach, it’s kind of my job to help them get into whatever the best mode is for them to perform at a high level.”
Adding Durant hasn’t stopped the ball from moving around on offense either, something Kerr is very pleased with.
“We’ve been a team that’s really moved the ball well,” Kerr said. “We’re lucky we’ve got a ton of playmakers, not just the All-Star guys, but our reserve players, guys like Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston, David West. These guys are incredibly gifted passers, and so we’ve always had multiple playmakers and basically that’s what KD is, he’s a great scorer, but he’s a playmaker too. We thought he’d fit right in, and it doesn’t surprise me at all the assist totals are up.”