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Houston Rockets

Warriors want more after making NBA history with 16-0 start

D'Angelo Russell, Shaun Livingston

Even though he hasn't been in his usual spot on the bench, ailing coach Steve Kerr has contributed plenty to Golden State's record start.

On Tuesday night, his defending champion Warriors routed the Los Angeles Lakers 111-77 to become the first team in NBA history to begin a season 16-0. Hours earlier, Kerr offered his thoughts — then spent the game behind the scenes still recovering from a pair of back operations as interim coach Luke Walton led the squad to its latest win.

It hasn't been easy to be away as he heals. Kerr's message focused on Golden State's core values:

Joy. Mindfulness. Compassion. Competition.

"He just reminded everybody, he put...