After a rocky(ish) start to the season for the Golden State Warriors, coach Steve Kerr has reason to smile again.
The Dubs have a nice record of 10-2 and are currently on a six-game winning streak following their 104-88 road victory over the Boston Celtics last night.
Now that Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green appear to be gelling, the Warriors appear to be the unstoppable force that many anticipated before the season began.
However, not everything is perfect in the world of Steve Kerr.
The 2016 Coach of the Year joined San Francisco’s KNBR radio on Thursday and proceeded to tear into the referees in the NBA right now.
Specifically, the lack of travelling calls they make.
“(Traveling) is a point of emphasis on one particular play, and that’s when you catch-and-go,” Kerr said. “Like if a ball is swung to a guy on the wing, he catches and he goes. That’s an automatic travel whether he travels or not. Honestly. It’s just the one that the officials are taught to see.
“I can literally put together a blooper reel of plays that are embarrassing travels that are just not called. I believe what you just said. It’s a case of they have so many things to look at. They are looking at defensive three seconds, they’re looking at contact in the lane when people are cutting through. They are looking at the charge and block circle. They are looking at everything they should be looking at, which is the basic rule of the game: which is traveling.
“It’s a shame. Guys are getting away with murder out there. And fans see it. My favorite is when you see the visiting team travel and you see like a 1,000 fans in the background all doing the traveling signal with their hands. If those people saw it, how come the refs didn’t?”
It's unclear whether the league will take offence to Kerr's comments and levy any kind of punishment, but Kerr has a point none the less.
It has become a problem in the league in the last few years and it now seems like the rule has been relaxed to the point where players readily forget it.
Maybe Kerr's words will inspire a change.