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The Warriors shocked the basketball world in 2014 when the franchise chose to fire coach Mark Jackson despite back-to-back NBA playoff appearances.
After Jackson’s ouster, Golden State went outside the box by hiring Steve Kerr as the team’s alternate coach despite having no coaching experience. Kerr had just spent time as the general manager of the Phoenix Suns, so the Warriors took a gamble.
During Draymond Green’s appearance on the “Checc’n In” podcast on Wednesday, the 32-year-old shared some insight into the type of offense the Warriors were running before Kerr arrived.
“The offense was very pick-and-roll dominant,” Green said. “Like, we run a lot of pick and rolls for Steph [Curry]pinned downs for Klay [Thompson] and kind of look out, like matchups, you know, like, ‘Oh, there’s a mismatch we’re going at that mismatch.’
“And then of course, we had plays. Like, it wasn’t that we didn’t have plays, but most of our offense was pick and roll and taking advantage of mismatches.”
Green then demonstrated the transition from a pick-and-roll-heavy offense to one that preaches ball movement under Kerr, which confused him even when the Warriors coach introduced his philosophy to the team.
“When Steve Kerr took the job, I remember the first training camp, it’s like, ball movement, cut, stop standing and waiting for the ball,” said Green. “I’ll catch the ball at the top of the key, Steph on the wing. And he’s like, Steph, cut and he’s like, ‘No, dude, I’m going to pass the ball to Steph here .’ And he said, ‘Pass the ball and move. Without the ball, the ball will get into the hands of the people who are supposed to get the shots.’
“We all thought it was crazy. And then when we start doing it, then you figure it out and you’re like, ‘Yeah, this is pretty incredible.’ Like, it’s moving ball, moving ball. Moving ball Roll screen, it’s moving ball, moving ball moving ball The discrepancy goes, but nobody is really standing And that’s kind of when it came to all this offense flow and all these things.”
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Kerr’s offense may have been a new concept for the Warriors back in 2014, but the coach was laying the foundation for what would become an NBA championship team that season.
Since then, Golden State has added three more NBA titles, with the most recent coming last season, and Kerr’s out-of-the-box thinking has led to the 56-year-old. one of the best coaches ever.
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