The Warriors haven't gotten off to the best starts as of late, and as part of an interesting tactic to get players involved and engaged early, head coach Steve Kerr handed the timeout coaching duties over to the players during Monday night's matchup against the Phoenix Suns. Kerr let veterans Draymond Green, Andre Igoudala and David West run the Golden State huddles.
Kerr said that letting his players coach in Monday's 129-83 win over the Phoenix Suns was not that big a deal, but said "it's the world we live in so everyone is going to debate it and whether it's a controversy or not it has to become one I guess".
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"It's the players' team", Kerr said.
Payton finished the game with 29 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
Kerr trash talked old coach Phil Jackson, now the second-quickest to 250 wins behind his former Bulls player. "It's their team. I think that's one of the first things you have to consider as a head coach. We have to have that healthy respect for them, but also understand that anybody could be beaten". "My teammates will tell you, when we get to the huddle, we sit down and I get everybody's attention and I say what I need to say based off what I see on the floor".
They were tied for 13th in the Western Conference with just an 18-38 record heading into Monday's game against the Golden State Warriors, and had suffered the two worst losses in franchise history (both by 48 points).
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Payton scored 16 points in the first quarter before Curry got on the scoreboard, but he got little help.
"We have so many smart basketball minds on our team", Casspi said. They rely too much on their managers, on rules and processes, or on what's worked in the past-instead of using their smarts to find real solutions.
Let's not forget also, they have now lost two straight, against the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls. The stretch run is coming, and boredom is just about the only thing that can kill the Warriors at this point.
"I was disgusting, actually".
"I think it's exactly what I expected", Kerr said of the challenge of keeping his team engaged.
Curry's 22 points gave him and his father, Dell, a combined 28,883 points in their careers, tying Rick and Brent Barry for the third-most ever by a father-son combination, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.