Dieter Kurtenbach: Steve Kerr will be the highest-paid coach in NBA history, and you can't say he doesn't deserve it

Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News on

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Because there are few — if any — other coaches in this league who could have managed the Warriors during their dynastic run, which started when he arrived in the Bay.

(Mark Jackson clearly wasn’t going to do it.)

Fewer coaches could have navigated the post-dynasty world as gracefully, too.

The culture he installed with the Warriors has paid dividends far beyond the cost of this upcoming contract extension.

It paid out in four titles, the greatest run of the modern era, and the establishment of the Warriors — once the league’s laughingstock — as one of the preeminent franchises in professional sports.

Was it all Kerr? Of course not.


It was Steph Curry.

It was Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

It was Bob Myers and Kevin Durant.

It was Shaun Livingston, Andrew Wiggins, Andrew Bogut, Luke Walton, Mike Brown and even Jordan Poole, a bit.


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