His Warriors are currently in Finals contention again as the number two team in the West with an astounding 25-6 record.
Kerr used to be a great basketball player but now he’s an even better coach and is cementing himself as possibly one of the greatest professional basketball head coaches in history.
And now he’s receiving another honor: head coach of the US men’s basketball team for the 2024 Olympics.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 20, 2021
Kerr is taking over for Greg Popovich, who recently led the team to Olympic gold in Tokyo.
He is a fantastic choice to lead the team for multiple reasons and his hiring ensures that the team is going to probably be better than ever.
3. His Record Speaks For Itself
When discussing all the ways that Kerr is a great fit for Team USA, you can just look at the basic facts of his career.
Kerr spent 15 years in the NBA, when he won five championships.
Following his time playing in the league, he then turned his attention to being a coach and joined the Warriors in the 2014-15 NBA season.
It was there that he led the team to three championships during his first five years as coach.
The Warriors hit a rough patch of the last couple of seasons but Kerr has remained steady and focused on the future with this squad and now they have returned to glory and are favorites to go to the Finals.
Those two players adore Kerr and chances are they would love to join Kerr on Team USA in 2024.
— Kyle Cohen (@kylecohenNBA) August 11, 2021
Kerr knows basketball inside and out and his natural ability to play and coach have created one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history.
2. He Learned From Popovich
Popovich is always in the conversation when people talk about the best NBA coaches of all time.
His work with the San Antonio Spurs is the stuff of legends.
And his time with Team USA has always been remarkable too.
Thankfully, Kerr has learned a thing or two from Popovich because he has worked beneath him and Pop’s personality and knowledge have rubbed off on him.
Of course, Kerr played for Popovich in San Antonio.
But he was also an assistant coach under Popovich for the gold-medal-winning team this past summer in Tokyo.
Through all of this, Kerr has learned the ins and outs of leading an Olympic team from the very best.
In this way, the spirit and skill of Popovich will live on through Kerr’s guidance.
1. He Will Have Great Help
It’s important to note that Kerr won’t be alone coaching Team USA.
Kerr’s coaching staff will also include Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, and Gonzaga coach Mark Few.
These three men all have enough success to lead the team on their own.
The fact that they will all come together under the leadership of Kerr just shows how much star power this staff will have.
Kerr is a fantastic leader and he will be able to rely on three of the best in the business to come up with a solid, medal-worthy lineup that will hopefully claim more golden glory.