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Steve Kerr getting his feet wet as NBA coach

LAS VEGAS -- Rookies and undrafted hopefuls aren't the only novices at NBA Summer League.

Steve Kerr is a first-time coach, having accepting the Warriors job after a dalliance with Phil Jackson and the Knicks.

Then again, when you have championship experience as a player and successful executive experience as Suns general manager, maybe the learning curve isn't that steep.

"I do have a lot to learn, but my experience as a GM helped me in terms of team building," the former Bull and broadcaster said. "And I know what players are thinking. So I feel good about the experience I do have."

Kerr also surely loves his roster, which won 51 games in the uber-competitive Western Conference before discord with management prompted coach Mark Jackson's removal.

"I always knew I wanted to do this," Kerr said. "I was waiting for my kids to get older and don't need me as much. So it's time to do something new.

"I'm excited. It's fun to be a part of a team and try to get players better and be part of something special. That's the best feeling in sports as a player. I haven't felt it as a coach. And I look forward to doing so."

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