Steve Kerr Didn't Think Warriors Could Win the NBA Championship Before Season Started

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJune 21, 2022

Head coach Steve Kerr (C) waves with coaching staff from a double decker bus during the Golden State Warriors NBA Championship victory parade along Market Street in San Francisco, California on June 20, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
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It turns out not even Steve Kerr was sure the Golden State Warriors could win another championship.

During the Warriors' championship parade Monday, Kerr admitted to having his doubts about whether the team could bring home its fourth ring:

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"When we started camp, I thought we could be pretty good but I didn't know we could win the whole thing" - Kerr <a href="https://t.co/TRFtIUp34s">pic.twitter.com/TRFtIUp34s</a>

To be fair to Kerr, it's not hard to see why he'd be skeptical. The Warriors had missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, dealing with significant injuries to their group of over-30 stars along the way. Young players like Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, who turned out to be vital playoff contributors, were unproven on the sport's biggest stages.

Instead, Kerr helped navigate Golden State through another regular season that was not particularly injury-free. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson each missed at least 18 games during the regular season; the trio shared the floor only three times before the playoffs.

Golden State wound up getting healthy at the perfect time, and the Warriors' trio of superstars used their decade together to pick up right back where they left off.