Steve Kerr has had several weeks to get a feel for his ultra-talented Warriors, and with the regular season set to kick off this week, he offered some thoughts on his pair of superstar players. Specifically, the Golden State head coach likened Kevin Durant to Gary Johnson and Steph Curry to Ralph Nader.
There is an explanation, one that has to do with Kerr’s assessment of the upcoming MVP race. With Durant joining Curry on the Warriors, the team now boasts the past three winners of the award, and the coach thinks that the two might siphon votes from each other, in the manner of a couple of third-party presidential candidates.
“I think KD is kind of like [Libertarian Party nominee] Gary Johnson,” Kerr said Sunday (via USA Today). “You know, he’s like the third-party guy. He’s going to come in and take a few votes from Steph, take a few from LeBron [James, a Cavaliers forward and four-time MVP].”
Kerr went on to provide more of the timely analysis, saying, “Steph might be [2000 Green Party nominee] Ralph Nader, like he takes some votes from KD, takes some from LeBron. And then Damian Lillard wins the election, so that’s my forecast.”
Of course, no reference to the presidential race could pass without mention of a certain Republican nominee, so Kerr was asked the obvious follow-up: Which NBA player is Donald Trump?
“Which one’s Trump?” Kerr replied, smiling. “I’m not answering that. Nobody on our team.”
The NBA is not known to be a hotbed of pro-Trump sentiment, so it’s probably smart of Kerr to not liken the GOP candidate to any of his players. Still, one might think that Durant and Curry would prefer to be compared with, say, Hillary Clinton, rather than Johnson and Nader.
Then there’s the matter of Kerr picking Lillard to win MVP, even in a lighthearted way. The Trail Blazers guard finished eighth in the voting for the award last season, which is impressive in its own right, but it still means that he would have to leapfrog a bunch of huge names to reach the top spot.
However, Kerr could well be correct that the price Durant and Curry pay for joining forces is to deny each other a clear path to the MVP award for Lillard. But you’d have to think that, as long as the Warriors win the NBA title, neither would have much of a problem with that.