Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is not letting the critics get him down after benching Klay Thompson during his 60-point game.
Kerr was lambasted for yanking Thompson out of Monday's 142-106 NBA win over the Indiana Pacers after he scored 60 points in just three quarters.
Right before the fourth quarter began, Kerr sent JaVale McGee to replace Thompson while the Warriors were leading 116-83.
"Dean Smith was the only guy who could hold MJ [Michael Jordan] under 20, I'm the only guy who can hold Klay under 80, I guess," Kerr told reporters, via CSN Bay Area.
If Thompson continued his hot streak into the fourth quarter, he could have beaten Kobe Bryant's 81-point game, the second-most points scored by any player.
Naturally, many wanted to see Thompson attempt the feat, but Kerr stood by his decision to shut the two-time All-Star down.
"Blame the coach," Kerr said. "Klay knows — you're up 35, 40 points, the right thing to do is take him out. The last thing you want is to roll an ankle.
"And you don't want to rub it in to your opponent either. We had the game in hand. The game called for him to come out. The minute you start chasing stats for stats stake, you're setting a bad precedent I think."