New Warriors coach Steve Kerr asks for Kevin Love, sort of

New Warriors coach Steve Kerr asks for Kevin Love, sort of
May 21, 2014, 8:30 am
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Steve Kerr can't publicly plead for Kevin Love. That's against league rules. (AP)

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OAKLAND – He's here to coach. He does not wish to peddle season-ticket packages, will not hold post-game sermons and made it clear to those who hired him that he has no desire to assemble the roster.

Steve Kerr did, however, submit one small request to Warriors CEO Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers.

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He'd like to have Kevin Love as his power forward.

Kerr did not say that, not exactly. But during the three-hour meeting last week that concluded with him agreeing to coach to the Warriors, the new coach expressed a desire for a player that sounds suspiciously like the Timberwolves power forward.

"Bob and I have not spent one second on personnel,'' Kerr said. "I evaluated all of the current players for the Warriors. And I evaluated how I see each of those players fitting into my style of play. I didn't say anything about anybody else on the team.

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"I take that back. I did tell them I think the team could use a stretch 4. I think shooting 4 could really make things difficult on the opposition.''

Kerr informed Lacob and Myers of this before Love's representatives reportedly told Minnesota of his desire to leave as soon as possible, and then mentioned the Warriors as a team Love would be interested in.

A stretch 4 is a power forward that shoots with enough range that defenses have to respect him well outside the paint, particularly at the 3-point arc. David Lee, the current power forward, does not fit that profile.

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A few players do fall in that category, but none more than Love. In 2013-14, he became the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points, grab 900 rebounds and make at least 100 3-pointers.

He reportedly plans to opt out of his contract in the summer of 2015 and become an unrestricted free agent, a move calculated to force a trade from the Timberwolves.

Kerr can't publicly plead for Love. That's against league rules. He did it anyway, and slyly enough to avoid any possibility of punishment while making his point.