Kerr is the coach of Team USA at the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer, and one of his players is a Lakers guard. Austin Reeves.
Reeves with Dan Wick of the Los Angeles Times In a recent Q&A, where he revealed what one of the first interactions he had with his new coach was like, just two months after his Lakers swept the Warriors in a six-game playoff series.
“Basically, Steve, the first conversation we had, he said, ‘You know, I still don’t really know what you guys have done with us this season,’ “but it’s much better to coach you,” Reaves said. Until I coach against you.”
In that series, Reaves averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game on 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range against the Warriors.
Reaves was instrumental in the defeat of the defending NBA champions, and it’s clear that Kerr hasn’t forgotten.
The two have now joined forces overseas as Team USA looks to win the Naismith Trophy.