Kerr: Trying to Convince the 2018-19 Warriors the No. 1 Seed Is Important ‘will Be an Utter Failure'

It's only been one week since the Warriors captured the 2017-18 NBA title.

But it's never too early to look ahead to next season.

In fact, Steve Kerr and his coaching staff are already spinning things forward.

"I can guarantee you that trying to convince them (his players) that the 1 seed is important -- that will be an utter failure," Kerr said on KNBR 680 while laughing. "We just won a Game 7 on the road against last year's 1 seed.

"That's definitely out of the question."

It's probably safe to assume that Draymond Green is aware of the fact that over the last 15 seasons, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference advanced to the NBA Finals only seven times:

-Lakers in 2008, 2009, 2010
-Spurs in 2014
-Warriors in 2015, 2016, 2017

"We're gonna have to think outside the box," Kerr said. "We're gonna have to build in some 'games within the game.' We gotta try to build in more time off, more rest as best we can.

"We're just starting to think about it already, and it's actually kind of fun. It's gonna be an incredilbe challenge."

Earlier this week, Kerr was a guest on the Lowe Post Podcast and Lowe suggested that the Warriors have a beach volleyball tournament when they play in Los Angeles.

"That's actually a great idea, Zach. Let me write that down."

Other potential factors that could motivate the Warriors during the regular season:

-Klay Thompson is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer
-Draymond Green will become eligible for a "super max" contract if he wins Defensive Player of the Year or is named to an All-NBA team
-Steph Curry only played in 51 games last year and doesn't want to make All-NBA Third-Team again
-Jordan Bell is scheduled to become a restricted free agent next summer

"I think there's also a little bit of house money to use," Kerr added. "You win three out of four -- nobody can ever say anything negative about us if we don't win it next year.

"We just won three out of four. It's one of the great stretches. So maybe by using a little house money, we'll be a little looser. And maybe that will help us get through it.

"Or it could backfire and we won't try and we'll lose. I don't know, but we'll have to get a feel for it."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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