“It was a total misinterpretation of something I said,” Kerr said. “We cleared it up.”
Steve Kerr downplayed his argument Monday with Jordan Bell.
The Warriors coach and the second-year center were involved in a heated verbal exchange during the team’s 130-111 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles. Kerr addressed the shouting match when he met with reporters after the game.
“It was a total misinterpretation of something I said,” Kerr said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “We cleared it up.”
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Warriors star Kevin Durant pulled Bell aside and spoke with him privately after the incident. Durant said he told Bell to “stay focused.”
“We’re all going to go through times throughout the NBA where we want to speak our mind a bit, and we might be frustrated about some things,” Durant said. “I think coach has been so open in letting guys get that out, but also challenging guys as well. It’s a healthy dialogue, and it’s just a healthy relationship between us and coach.”
Bell has been in-and-out of the Warriors’ rotation this season and is averaging just 10.9 minutes per game over 44 appearances. He tallied two points and two rebounds in seven minutes of action against the Lakers.
The win moved the Warriors to 33-14 this season while the Lakers fell to 25-23.