The Golden State Warriors are 44-13 and one game up on the Houston Rockets out west. But they need to focus. The stretch run is coming, and boredom is just about the only thing that can kill the Warriors at this point. So head coach Steve Kerr would do things a little differently last night. He let his players run their own plays against the Phoenix Suns.
“It’s their team, and that’s one of the first things you have to consider as a coach. It’s not your team, it’s not (general manager) Bob Myers’ team, it’s not (team owner) Joe Lacob’s team … it’s the players’ team and they have to take ownership of it.”
But what made Kerr do this? Well he didn’t think he was getting through to his players. It’s as simple as that.
“As coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction, guide them, we don’t control them. They determine their own fate. I don’t feel like we focused very well at all over the last month, and it just seemed like the right thing to do.”
And despite some backlash, Kerr insists he didn’t mean any disrespect. He considered last night a teachable moment.
“It had nothing to do with being disrespectful. It had to do with me trying to reach my team. I had not reached them for the last month. They’re tired of my voice, I’m tired of my voice. It’s been a long haul these last few years.”
But he doesn’t stop there.
“I wasn’t reaching them, and we figured it was probably a good night to pull a trick out of the hat and do something different. … I feel like when we are focused, we’re really hard to beat. Tonight we were focused.”
The Warriors would defeat the Suns by 46 points.