Video: Steve Kerr hands over the coaching duties to Andre Iguodala
During the first half of their showdown with the Suns, Kerr seemingly handed over playcalling duties to small forward Andrew Iguodala during a break in the action, via House of Highlights:
Kerr has been vocal about his frustration with the team’s effort as of late. As a result, this was seemingly his way of making the players hold themselves accountable for what they do on the court. While it may seem a bit extreme, it nonetheless may have done the trick with the Warriors building a large lead early on.
Kerr’s decision to temporarily promote Iguodala to player-coach duties is also indicative of the confidence he has in the players on this roster. It goes without saying that “Iggy” is perhaps the savviest vet on the team, however, it also puts the rest of the Warriors in a situation where giving a lackluster effort is not an option.
That said, the move could have been just what the Warriors needed now that they have essentially guaranteed their third straight win going into the fourth quarter. The only concern moving forward will be if Golden state can bring this kind of effort every game.
Their sluggish play recently was likely the result of a grinding 2017-18 NBA season. Fortunately, they have just one more game left against the Portland Trail Blazers before getting some time to relax with the upcoming All-Star break.