Steve Kerr Steve Kerr is not pleased with the way officials are calling games nowadays. Credit: Anthony Slater on X

While the Golden State Warriors won on Christmas, Steve Kerr was anything but jolly.

Kerr attended his postgame press conference after the Warriors’ 120-114 win over Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets. While he was there, the four-time NBA champion coach let the officials have it. He made sure to make the most of it, going on quite the rant.

NBA reporter Anthony Slater posted a video featuring Kerr at the podium. He was not thrilled, to say the least, over the fact that Jokic had 18 free throws during the game.

“I have no problem with the officials themselves. All across the league, we have really good officials. I have a problem with the way we are legislating defense out of the game,” Kerr said. “The way we’re teaching the officials, we’re just enabling players to BS their way to the foul line.”

“If I were a fan, I wouldn’t have wanted to watch the second half of that game. It was disgusting,” Kerr added. “It was just… you know, just baiting refs into calls. But the refs have to make those calls because that’s how they’re taught. So I have a real problem with the way we’ve legislated defense out of the game in this league, and the players are really smart. For over the last decade or so, they’ve gotten smarter and smarter. They’re just enabled. We have enabled the players, and they’re taking full advantage. And it’s a parade to the free throw line, and it’s disgusting to watch.”

Kerr might hear it from the league office, but he got his money’s worth this rant.

[Anthony Slater]

About Chris Novak

Chris Novak has been talking and writing about sports ever since he can remember. Previously, Novak wrote for and managed sites in the SB Nation network for nearly a decade from 2013-2022