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Steve Kerr: ‘There’s no way I could have played in the NBA today’

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A prime Steve Kerr wouldn’t have been able to hang with the Warriors and Rockets

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After a dizzying first quarter between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, Steve Kerr took a moment to realize how lucky he is.

Not because he gets to coach the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals for fourth straight year, but that he was born in 1965.

Because if he had been born 20 years later, he reckons he might have spent his entire 15-year NBA career in a different league.

“Just watching our guys and how talented they are and how talented Houston is, there’s no way I could have played in the NBA today,” Kerr said Monday during Game 1 of the WCF. “I came around at the right time, 20 years ago.”

NBA players are quicker, stronger, and more talented than ever, so Kerr probably isn’t exaggerating.

Kerr, who played in the NBA from 1988 to 2003, was listed at a meager 6-foot-3, 175 pounds and wasn’t very athletic, so it’s difficult to imagine how he would hold up against modern NBA athletes.

Good thing he doesn’t have to worry about that — he was plenty good enough for his own era when he was a key role player on five NBA championship teams.