OAKLAND -– For barely a moment in the third quarter Wednesday night, Steve Kerr's wicked side revealed itself. The coach with the aging choirboy face lit into veteran referee Joe Crawford, who responded by whistling Kerr for a technical foul.
Four games into his coaching career, Kerr has his first T.
To listen to him Thursday, after practice, is to expect there will be more.
"I have a temper," Kerr said. "And I probably shouldn't say anything more because I already got myself in a little bit of trouble in my interview with (ESPN) in the third quarter."
Did he stop there? He tried to but could not.
"I just want to protect our guys if I don't feel good about what's going on on the floor," Kerr added. "So if I have to get some technicals, I will. I've got a little bit of a temper at times and it flared up."
This is in marked contrast to former coach Mark Jackson, who during his three seasons received one technical foul –- and practically begged for it.
Kerr said he has not been fined, but he did receive a morning phone call from the NBA office.