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steve kerr takes big-picture approach to warriors' title pursuits

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steve kerr takes big-picture approach to warriors' title pursuits

steve kerr still talks to phil jackson occasionally “to check in.” but the subject of kerr turning down the knicks head-coaching job that jackson offered in may 2014 never arises.“i obviously made the right choice for many reasons,” kerr said. “i’m californian. my family is here. it’s a better situation.”who knows if jackson would still be running the knicks basketball operations if kerr would’ve accepted? neither man is prone to such speculative revisionism anyway.what’s certain is this: jackson’s ability as a coach to live in the moment but keep the big picture in mind created a calming environment as the bulls won six titles in eight seasons, including three with kerr as a critical role player from 1996 to ’98.and as kerr guides his warriors on wednesday at the united center, where he sank one of the most famous shots in bulls history, such lessons have stayed with him.“huge,” kerr answered when asked how experiencing a threepeat as a player has helped him as a coach. “it’s keeping me from being too upset when i see the lapses because i understand how hard it is emotionally and physically to be ready night in and night out with teams coming after you. we’re every team’s biggest game. we get everybody’s best shot. it’s november. our guys are sitting here like, ‘man, this doesn’t even happen until may.’ i went through that whole thing.”kerr indeed said that in november, sitting down for an interview inside the warriors practice...