Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Red Auerbach, Pat Riley — these are the four horsemen of NBA leadership. Among them, they own more than half of the league’s championships.
But rookie coach Steve Kerr (who happens to have played for two of those men, in Jackson and Popovich) has all of them beat in one category so far. With his Golden State Warriors’ 19-2 start, he’s off to the best beginning in NBA coaching history.
Kevin Durant returned last night, and it didn't go as well as his buddy Russell Westbrook’s emphatic foray back into action last Friday night. Granted, the competition was much tougher: Westbrook slaughtered the lowly, 'Melo-less Knicks, while the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled into the Smoothie King Center to take on New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night.