By dangling Warriors' jewelry, Kerr may have inadvertently trolled Rockets


OAKLAND -- Neither the Warriors nor the Rockets need bulletin board material, partly because bulletin boards have been nudged toward obsolescence, replaced by various forms of social media.

Which is why Steve Kerr’s innocuous but honest comment on Thursday can, in this day and age, be spun into low-key trolling of the Houston Rockets.

Kerr was asked if a thirst for a championship might make the Rockets the more determined team in the Western Conference Finals.

“I like where we are,” the Warriors coach said. “Our guys have rings. That’s a good position to be in.”

Fact: The Warriors are defending NBA champions and have won two titles over the past three seasons.

Very loose translation, circa 2018: Kerr dangles championship jewelry to mock Houston’s lack of same.

Perhaps sensing that those words can be sharpened into a taunt, Kerr elaborated.

“The hardest championship is the first one, as an individual player and as a team, because you don’t know,” he said. “You don’t quite know if you can do it. Once you get the first one, there’s a little bit of house money. But you want it again because it’s an unbelievable feeling.

“So I like our position. We’re going to go in there knowing we’re the defending champs, knowing we’ve got a couple championships here over the last few years. Let’s go get another one.”

Houston’s last won an NBA championship in 1995, when a team built around Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon repeated.

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