Steve Kerr explains why he allowed Warriors players to coach
The Golden State Warriors have been the standard bearers in the NBA for the last three seasons that has often times become a wearing process.
Things had become stagnant over the last few weeks as head coach Steve Kerr has voiced that his team is worn down at this juncture of the season that had put them in the proverbial crawl to the All-Star Break. However, Kerr decided to take a different approach by allowing his players to handle the coaching duties during a couple of timeouts with veteran forwards Andre Iguodala, David West, and Draymond Green drawing up plays.
This helped ignite the team to a convincing 129-83 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Kerr felt that his voice had become tireless to the players and this allowed for them to get back on the right track.
Steve Kerr's reasoning for letting players coach today was simple/transparent: "It had to do with me trying to reach my team. I have not reached them for the last month." pic.twitter.com/0icubfCFf3
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 13, 2018
Although it was just one game, the Warriors looked like a refueled team on Monday against the Suns. They shot 58.4 percent from the field while hitting 42.3 percent of their 3-pointers and dished out 36 assists in the win. It was a balanced offensive effort with every player on the floor getting into the scoring column as four out of the five starters aside from Zaza Pachulia got into double figures.
The Warriors also played stout defense allowing the Suns to shoot just 34.7 percent from the field and 13 percent from 3-point range while committing 17 turnovers. It was a two-way effort from the defending champions that saw them perform like the team atop of the league despite Green being out of the lineup.
This coaching style clearly won’t be the case every night, but it’s something that has helped stir the ship back into the right direction. With the All-Star Break quickly approaching, it could see the Warriors get back into form on their quest for another NBA title.