Feeling slighted by underestimation, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr compared himself to Game of Thrones hero Arya Stark.
Whether you’re an NBA coach or royalty of the Kingdom of the North, there’s nothing like being fueled by underestimation.
Stark, who watched her father, patriarch Ned Stark, callously murdered by the Lannister family in Season 1 of the epic fantasy series, became the steely warrior she always dreamed of becoming, but never in the way she imagined. Over eight seasons, a young Arya grew from a spunky member of the Stark clan into a cold-blooded assassin who sought revenge with every breath.
Suffering more death and betrayal than anyone should in a life time, Arya began soothing herself to sleep with her infamous “list“, which meant reciting the names of all the people she wished dead.
While much less dramatic, Kerr revealed that he had his own “list”, which featured the names of everyone who counted the 10-1 Warriors out of playoff contention before the 2021-22 season began.
“I’m like Arya Stark from Game of Thrones,” Kerr said. “I have all the names of the media members who picked us to be outside the playoffs, and I’m just checking off the box.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr compares himself to Arya Stark and her infamous “list”
Although roughly1/8th of the NBA’s 82-game season is complete, the Warriors have begun the season with a sizeable advantage over other Western Conference teams.
The Warriors remain the top seed in the Western Conference, enduring only one loss at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 28. Even that loss went all the way to overtime, ending with a final score of 104-101.
In fact, they currently have the best record in the entire NBA: the top East Conference team are the Washington Wizards at 8-3.
Countless stats indicate that this is the strongest team in the NBA, which will surely be tested during their Friday night match against an 8-3 Chicago Bulls team.
Still, the Warriors are fueled by the most powerful force in fighting and in sport: the thirst for revenge against all those who doubted them.