Steve Kerr says All-Star Game coaches may as well be 'dead bodies'

By Jordan Heck 20 February 2017 171
Steve Kerr says All-Star Game coaches may as well be 'dead bodies'

A combined 374 points were scored during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, thanks to no defense whatsoever at any point in the contest.

The game is mostly for the fans, and allows the players to put on a show with a low risk for injury, but Sunday's game was especially poor on the defensive front. Players would just move out of the way, and not even contest a player taking an open three.

While the lack of defense makes for exciting highlights, it is not much fun for the coaches. All the West's Steve Kerr had to do was tell his guys, "Drive it to the basket because no one will defend you."

After the game, Kerr made his opinions clear, saying there should be more defense in future All-Star games.

"I think that in the past, at least generally in the fourth quarter, guys have picked it up," Kerr said. "That's what I was expecting. It didn't happen tonight.

"I would like to see it more competitive. I'm not sure how to do it. It's up to the players, really."

Kerr then likened All-Star coaches to the title character in the movie 'Weekend at Bernie's' adding: "They might as well just bring a couple dead bodies on the sidelines. We're not doing anything out there. Just prop us up."

He believes there can be a solution where players can play defense without going overboard.

"I think it would be good to incentivise the guys somehow. I don't know if you can maybe get their charities involved or a winner-take-all type thing. But I think it's possible to play a lot harder without taking a charge," Kerr said.

"It's almost gone too far the other way where there's almost no resistance at all. I think there's a happy medium in there somewhere."

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