Programming note: Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will join Jim Kozimor tonight at 9:30 p.m. on Yahoo SportsTalk Live.
OAKLAND – The questions came fast and hard and even though Steve Kerr was on the brink of exhaustion, he never blinked.
The Warriors formally introduced their new coach on Tuesday, and Kerr spent about a half hour flashing a winning personality, perhaps influencing a few skeptics but revealing very little.
One thing Kerr, 48, did make clear is that at least one member of his coaching staff will have previously been a head coach.
"I know that I want head-coaching experience next to me," he said. "So that will be something you'll see."
Kerr must first fulfill his obligation to TNT, where he is working as an analyst in the Western Conference finals. After that ends, he will return to the Bay Area to assemble a staff and integrate himself with the Warriors organization.
He made no bold proclamations – as Mark Jackson did upon being hired in May 2011 – but Kerr was convincing enough and seemed knowledgeable enough for observers to see why the Warriors signed him to a five-year contract worth a reported $22 million.
Kerr said a number of factors were involved in making him comfortable with taking the job, one being his participation in something of a mistake-sharing session with Warriors CEO Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers. Kerr sees it as a benefit.
"Ultimately, I think it's good that we've both had experiences in the past that we can grow from and learn from," Kerr said. "Ultimately, that's the whole idea in any business, but particularly in the NBA. You've got to learn from your mistakes and grow and get better. And I'm really confident that's what we're going to do as a group."
Kerr was a product of the University of Arizona, where he played under legendary coach Lute Olson. During Kerr's 15-year NBA career, he has played – and won championships under the coaching of Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich.
There is no doubt the Warriors were influenced not only by their personal knowledge of Kerr, but also by the depth and experience of his playing background.
When you strip it all away, what matters most is winning," general manager Bob Myers said. "And sitting to my left is somebody that has won at every level. I don't think that can be understated. When you're around people that have won, it rubs off on you.
". . . Steve Kerr can sit and look at our players and on one hand have five championship rings. And that resonates. That resonates with me, it resonates with ownership and it will resonate with our players."