Steve Kerr reflects on Warriors players coaching versus Suns
It has divided the opinion of many with some thinking it is a brilliant move from him as it gives the players a chance to communicate better with their teammates, while also receiving some backlash for being disrespectful to the Phoenix Suns, who were their opponents on the night.
After the matchup, Kerr discussed what made him opt to go to that path. He shared that it’s something he knows they won’t do often, and only wanted to avoid sounding monotonous in front of his players, especially having a very long season, according to 95.7 The Game via ESPN.
“I don’t think it’s something we would do often, but I think it’s a good exercise,” the coach said. “It’s a nine-month season. … This is every single day for seven, eight, nine months depending on how your team does. And so everything gets pretty monotonous. I think you’ve got to do your best in the NBA to keep things light and loose and occasionally throw the team a curveball. So I can see doing it again one time, a couple times. We’ll see.”
Kerr then added that he doesn’t see it as “earth-shattering news,” and that it was done in order for his players to discuss their game strategy among themselves, while also having a better sense of accountability.
“We have a veteran team. You turn over the timeout huddles to the players so that they can discuss strategy on their own. I don’t think its earth-shattering news.”
It will be very interesting to see if the Warriors coaching staff will continue having this kind of approach in their upcoming games.
Although Kerr has said that they won’t be doing it often, he has been known to have his unorthodox ways, and with the success his team had when the players took over the huddles, it won’t come as a complete surprise if he’ll opt to have Iguodala, Green, or even others to have a feel of what it’s like calling the plays on the sidelines.