Bravo, Steve Kerr. Not only are you are a really good basketball coach, but also an astute observer of the wackiness going on all around us.

Kerr, who has directed the Golden State Warriors to two of the last three NBA titles, said what was on the minds of many sports fans this week:

Why the heck is ESPN, which has laid off many fine journalists in the last year, sending a reporter and camera crew to Lithuania to cover what is turning into the carnival act of basketball, led by loudmouth father LaVar Ball?

ESPN's solid college basketball reporter, Jeff Goodman, has traveled to Lithuania for more than a week documenting the debut of teenage brothers LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball in a professional league. Of course, much of Goodman's time is sticking a microphone in LaVar Ball's face so he can say something outrageous.

When the elder Ball took the opportunity overseas to criticize Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton, saying he has lost control of the team where oldest brother Lonzo Ball plays, that was enough for Kerr. Walton was Kerr's former assistant with the Warriors.

"Where we're going is we're going away from covering the game and getting close to sensationalized news," said Kerr. "It's not even news really, it's just complete nonsense. But if you package that irrational nonsense with glitter and ribbon, people are going to watch."

Kerr compared the Ball traveling circus to the Kardashian clan, who have turned reality television into an mega-empire. 

In other words, ESPN is going for the ratings and ditching any journalistic merit.

"I guess that sells and that's what's true in politics, in entertainment and now in sports," said Kerr. "It doesn't matter if there is any substance involved with an issue. It's just, can we make it really interesting, for no apparent reason."

Those more concerned with real pro basketball can watch Kerr's Warriors face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. Monday on TNT. Who wouldn't rather watch LeBron, Curry and Durant than kids with an overbearing parent? 

College BB: West Virginia at Texas Tech (ESPN, 1 p.m. Saturday): Kansas' run of 14 straight Big 12 Conference titles may be coming to an end with West Virginia and Texas Tech ready to take over at the top. 

NFL playoffs: Saints at Vikings (Fox, 3:40 p.m. Sunday): Minnesota has a dominating defense and home-field advantage. However, New Orleans has a Super Bowl-winning QB in Drew Brees.

Contact Jim Benson at jbenson@pantagraph.com.

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