NBA: Coach Steve Kerr takes backseat in Golden State Warriors' 129-83 win over Phoenix Suns

Feb 13:With the grind of a long NBA season wearing on his team, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believed it was time for his players to hear a new voice in the huddle: their own.
Kerr turned over most of the coaching duties to his players on Monday night and they responded in fine fashion, playing with more focus than they had in recent weeks in a 129-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
"It's the players' team," Kerr said. "It's their team and they have to take ownership of it. 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 think we've focused well the last month. It just seemed like the right thing to do."
Kerr said he told the players of his plan after the previous game and they ran the show for most of the day. Andre Iguodala took over at morning shootaround, JaVale McGee ran the computer for the film session and Iguodala, Draymond Green and David West got most of the work designing plays and running the huddle during timeouts. Kerr and his assistants handled the substitutions before allowing the players to take over from there. "It had to do with me trying to reach my team and I have not reached them the last month," Kerr said. "They're tired of my voice. I'm tired of my voice. I wasn't reaching them so we figured this was a good night to pull something out of the hat." After the game, Kerr made a point of seeking out Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano to tell him the move wasn't made out of any disrespect for the Suns, who became the first team to reach 40 losses this season.
"You have to do what you have to do to build your own team up," Triano said. "If he thinks that helps them, I tip my hat."
Stephen Curry scored 22 points for the Warriors. Omri Casspi added 19 in a rare start in place of the injured Green and Kevin Durant had 17 as Golden State won its 12th straight in the series, its longest active streak against any team.
Elfrid Payton scored 29 points in his second game since being acquired at the trade deadline from Orlando, but Phoenix still lost its sixth straight and 11th in the past 12 games. Agencies
Source: Vishwas News


  
  

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