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Steve Kerr says Warriors aren’t looking at season as final dance

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is hopeful that his team — after winning three of the past four NBA titles — is not about to dance its last dance.

When a comparison between this season’s Warriors and the 1997-98 Bulls title-winning team was proposed, Kerr, who was a member of that Chicago squad, knocked it down quickly.

“Last dance?” Kerr said with a smile after his team’s first practice Tuesday. “I hope not. I hope we keep dancing.”nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

“I think the difference is with Phil [Jackson] in ’98 we all were free agents and we all knew we were all going to be gone, including Phil,” Kerr said. “But we’re not in that same position. We do have plenty of free agents, but we’re not looking at this as the final dance. Like I said, we want to have some fun and enjoy what we have this year and move on from there.”

Kerr has repeatedly stated over the last year that his team should not be compared to the Michael Jordan-led Bulls dynasty of the 1990s that won six NBA championships. But those comparisons are inevitable given the recent success the Warriors have attained and the fact that they are attempting to go to the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive season — something not even Jordan’s Bulls accomplished.2

“I don’t think our motivation is history,” Kerr said. “We know how special it would be historically if we did it. Only a handful of teams have ever done it, but that’s not our focus. Our focus is to really enjoy it while it lasts. And nothing lasts forever, so we know that. We want to go out this year and enjoy every step of the way.”

Kerr’s sentiments after practice regarding the future were a little different from the feelings he shared during Monday’s media day. As he and his staff prepare for a new season, the former player acknowledged that he wanted his Warriors to enjoy their current run because nobody knows when it might be over as the impending free agency of Kevin Durant next summer, as well as possible extensions for Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, hangs over the organization.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“There’s no formula for this stuff,” Kerr said Monday. “You just try to feel it as a coach. I’m usually pretty frank with you guys, with the players. So I didn’t want to come in last year and sugarcoat it and say this is all going to be real easy. I knew exactly what they were facing, having gone through a similar experience as a player.”

Kerr called last season a “grind” but was proud of his players for finding a way to win a second straight title.

“We are playing with some house money,” he said. “We won three of the last four championships. Our place in the history of the league is pretty secure. I don’t think our guys should feel a ton of pressure. I think they should feel the importance of trying to do it again, because this may be the last time we have this current iteration of the Warriors, just given all the free agents and the money crunch and everything else. So we don’t know what’s going to happen. So why not just go all out and enjoy every step of the way?”

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