Warriors coach Steve Kerr gets brutally honest about controversial decision to bench Draymond Green
In Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics, Dubs head coach Steve Kerr made a huge call that would have a significant impact not only on the outcame of that particular game, but in the series as well. With Warriors star Draymond Green struggling all night, coach Kerr decided to send him to the bench in a crucial juncture in the fourth quarter. That bold move paid dividends with the Warriors escaping with a victory in Game 4, and eventually winning the title in Game 6.
A lot was made out of Kerr’s on-the-spot decision to take out one of the most prominent members of the squad during such a critical time in the game. The Warriors coach recently spoke out about that decision and how it was just a spur of the moment kind of thing:
“I’ve been here now eight years so I know all these guys so well,” Kerr said on the Point Forward Podcast with hosts Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner (h/t Taylor Wirth of NBC Sports). “I didn’t really think much about it when I took Draymond out in Game 4, because that unit was not doing well so I was really looking for a shift. And I was thinking I would just take him out for a minute or two and then get him back.
The Warriors shot caller then pointed out that he was well aware of the possible repercussions of his decision, but at the same time, he also knew that Green could handle it:
“In the NBA if you find a group that works, then you stick with it and it doesn’t matter who is on the floor,” Kerr continued. “You can’t worry about anybody’s feelings being hurt or anything like that. So when that group started to play well, I wasn’t paying any attention to the bench, but Andre, you were there and I’ve heard since that you were there talking to Draymond and I’m sure he was staying ready. Sure enough, when the run ended and we went back to him, he was great and made huge plays down the stretch and it all worked out.”
Moments like these are what separate the good coaches from the great ones. Now a four-time NBA champion coach, there’s no doubt as to where Steve Kerr should be classified in this regard.