Jerry West has been busy at the NBA draft combine in Chicago the last few days -- he wasn't in Oklahoma City for the meeting Monday night that convinced Steve Kerr to join the Warriors.
But when I reached West on Thursday, he was clearly satisfied with the way the Warriors' coaching search turned out and how it fits into co-owner Joe Lacob's big-picture plan.
"All of us are pleased by this hire," West said of Kerr. "He's someone who has a long history with successful teams. We're just hopeful that he can have the same kind of success here as a coach that he had as a player.
"Being on championship teams, learning from some of the best coaches in this game, his experience as a general manager . . . all of these factors will help him in this job.
"He knows how to build a team and how to maintain a team."
West said executives and others in Chicago for the combine have been giving this move universally positive reviews.
"It's been very well received so far, I can tell you that," West said.
Kerr and West had a long talk Wednesday night, West said, and the Warriors executive board member said that he is confident that Kerr will be able to handle his first coaching job.
Of course, West said, everything is decided by the wins and losses.
"How we do on the court will go a long way towards determining everybody's fate," West said.
"But Joe's said all along that his goal was to make this a great organization and a great team. And I think this is a step closer to getting this organization closer to where he wants it to be."