On Pro Basketball: Brett Brown and Steve Kerr: Coaches With Much in Common, Aside From Records

The Warriors’ Leandro Barbosa trying to pass around the 76ers’ Robert Covington in the first half on Saturday. Golden State hung on to win, 108-105.

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PHILADELPHIA — Steve Kerr and Brett Brown began to form their relationship during the 2002-3 season with the San Antonio Spurs. Kerr was in his final season as an N.B.A. player, and Brown was in his first season as the team’s director of player development. They took to each other instantly.

Kerr, nearing retirement, played sparingly that season, and he recalled how he had often grabbed Brown after practice for a 20-minute workout. Kerr wanted to stay sharp. He had seen enough in his 15 seasons in the league to anticipate the unexpected, to know that he needed to be prepared.

Through the Spurs’ first 17 playoff games that season, Kerr supplied just 13 minutes. But sure enough, before Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks, Tony Parker was…

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