Just a little bit more from Steve Kerr after I go through a few bits of idle thoughts on this Warriors transition . . .

  • It's too simple a summation, but I'm seeing some significance in this dichotomy: Mark Jackson's favorite non-hoops sport is boxing; Steve Kerr's favorite is golf.

    I don't want to get too carried away, but these sports have an impact, I believe, in how each guy views competition, how each guy plots strategy and, yes, deals with others.

    Boxing, at the highest levels, is mostly about will and force and there's little room for niceties and big-picture gravitas. There is somebody in front of you that you must conquer, or you're getting hurt.

    Golden State Warriors new head coach Steve Kerr  during a press conference at the Warriors’ practice facility in downtown Oakland, Calif., on
    Golden State Warriors new head coach Steve Kerr during a press conference at the Warriors' practice facility in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (JANE TYSKA)

    The best fighters -- the ones Jackson studies and admires -- are at their best when they get a chip on their shoulders and make almost everybody else an enemy through an entire fight or a camp.

    Golf, when it's played well, is about concentration, discipline and precision.

    You don't go out to make enemies when you play golf because the course is your enemy, and you have 70 or more chances to screw up, so you can't go at it as combat.

    Golf is also a very social game. Boxing . . . can be, but that's not it's core.

    So maybe Jackson largely approached his Warriors coaching stint as a hit-or-be-hit challenge and he got his players to buy into that; and he eventually included the front office as "them" in an "us vs. them" universe.

    And maybe Kerr sees a lot of this in a more linear way: How do you get from here all the way to the last minute (or 18th hole) rationally and strategically, making sure you always see the whole picture and what trouble lies ahead, and doing it while remaining comfortable with those making the trip with you?

  • There was one question I had to ask Kerr, just out of blatant curiosity (as a former NFL writer), so I waited until after the formal presser and even after his group gaggle, after he did most of his TV interviews . . .

    Steve, how in the world did you end up with former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum -- who has no other major clients and is just starting -- as your agent?

    Here's his answer:

    "Mark Bartelstein has been my agent throughout my playing career; and last year, he wanted to open up a coaching division. Mark also does football, and so he had dealt with Mike many years of negotiations and he just loved Mike.

    "Mike had been fired by the Jets as their GM. Mark hired Mike about a year ago. And that's how . . . Mark introduced me to him and Mark has been a grand slam for me throughout my career. And I trust him.

    "So I went to lunch with Mike last year and immediately knew he's the kind of guy I wanted to represent me. He's a gentleman and he's thorough and prepared and work his tail off. He's fantastic."

    Kerr on meeting and talking coaching with Bill Parcells, through Tannenbaum:

    "He introduced me to Parcells. I went to New York last year and had lunch with Bill up in Saratoga and asked him a lot about coaching and philosophy. I've kind of done a lot of that the last few years to try to prepare for this.

    "I sat in with the Spurs in their summer retreat, their coaching retreat in Chicago. Watched a couple days' worth of film and meetings with them. I've tried to do as much of that stuff as possible. Because I knew I wasn't getting a lot of the on-the-bench training that a lot of other guys were. So I tried to do whatever I could."

    What did you get from Parcells?

    "He was awesome. Talk about a man's man. But he shared with me a lot of thoughts on individual conversations with players and ways to approach them according to the circumstances that are present.

    "I won't go into deal with them. But he's a really sharp guy and he's somebody that I'm going to lean on going forward. I won't hesitate going forward if I've got an issue that I need help with."