Steve Kerr doesn't like 'the look of the constant complaining'

Melissa Rohlin, The Mercury News on

Published in Basketball

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors lead the league in ejections (nine) and are third in technical fouls (46). Steve Kerr would like to change those stats.

"I think we all need to do a much better job of staying poised," Kerr said before the Warriors hosted the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. "I don't like the look of the constant complaining, myself included."

Draymond Green leads the league in technical fouls (13) and Kevin Durant is tied for the second-most with 11. Durant also leads the league in ejections (four), while Green has three. Kerr is tied for the fourth-most technical fouls (five) among the league's coaches.

Kerr said he's not sure if the Warriors are developing a reputation as complainers, but he said he wouldn't be surprised if that were true.

"We probably deserve one," Kerr said. "We've got that going for us. If we have that reputation, then we're earning it. The main thing is just getting back to how we know how to play."

Before Thursday's game, the NBA announced it's fining Green $50,000 for "directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official" during Tuesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena. In that game, the Warriors had five technical fouls, while the Thunder had none.

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"I have not talked to Draymond about it, so I'm not going to comment on it," Kerr said.

Kerr said Warriors' general manager Bob Myers had a message for the Warriors Thursday.

"That it's not a good look," Kerr said. "That we need to look more professional, act more professional, and to be more poised and to represent our team in a better light. I don't think we've been doing a good job of that lately. And as I said, I'm included in that. I've had several T's lately."

Kerr said that coaches, similar to players, sometimes walk a thin line of knowing when to fire up their team and when to remain mum.


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