There's a lot of pressure on Steve Kerr right now. He's led the Golden State Warriors to five straight NBA Finals, winning three of those five series and guaranteeing himself a spot in the Hall of Fame one day.
Now, having lost Kevin Durant to the Nets and Klay Thompson to injury for at least a significant majority of the regular season, Kerr will have to turn in his greatest coaching masterwork this year if the Warriors want any chance to go to their sixth straight finals-- or even get a first-round home playoff series at all.
Kerr will still have stars like Stephen Curry and Draymond Green at his disposal, along with a young budding stud in D'Angelo Russell, but losing Durant and Thompson won't do anything to alleviate any concerns surrounding the Warriors this season in a loaded Western Conference.
The Dubs still have high expectations for their season, as they consider themselves to be legitimate contenders even with their losses. It'll be a nucleus of Curry, Green and Russell, with the hopeful addition of Thompson sometime after the All-Star break.
Otherwise, it'll be up to role players such as Kevon Looney, Willie Cauley-Stein and Alec Burks to fill in the gaps left empty not only by Durant and Thompson, but also by veteran Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, and Alfonzo McKinnie, who was waived by the Warriors three days ago.
The only way the Warriors will get back to the Finals this season is if Steve Kerr coaches out of his skull and plays the part of genius. We can't rule that out just yet. But the odds will be against him considering just how high a standard he's already set for himself.