the golden state warriors have been nba champs 2 of the past 3 seasons, and they have one of the best records in the association again this season. but as mark medina reported on mercurynews.com
[head coach steve] kerr sensed the warriors [have] struggled with inconsistency lately partly for one reason: “i have not reached them for the last month. they’re tired of my voice.”
i can’t reach these guys. (jonathan daniel/getty images)
kerr considered letting his assistant mike brown take over (assume control) monday night. brown subbed (substituted ) for kerr during last year’s playoffs when kerr was suffering from back pain, but in the end kerr concluded
mike’s voice might as well be my voice.
might as well means brown’s voice would be the same–the players would be tired of hearing him too.
assistant coach mike brown guiding kerr back to the bench (ray chavez/bay area news group)
this is how kerr sees his staff’s role:
as coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction and guide them. we don’t control them, they determine their own fate….they have to take ownership of it.
as is used to refer to a position, job or function. nudge is push, encourage. fate is similar to destiny, what’s going to happen. ownership is possession. kerr’s idea is that the players must take responsibility for i.e. own how they play.
an elephant giving a baby elephant a nudge
and while his success as a coach has been enormous, kerr
has always maintained his success stems from having talented players.
stem from means comes from, grows out of, is the result of.
so to achieve the objective of the players taking ownership of their fate, kerr implemented a unique tactic against the phoenix suns on monday that raised a few eyebrows (got attention, surprised people)– he let players take over his coaching responsibilities. andre iguodola, draymond green, david west, javale mcgee and steph curry performed various gameday and in-game tasks usually reserved for coaches.
steve kerr coaching draymond green (usa today)
the reaction was mixed. some thought the move could be understood as a lack (absence) of respect for the suns who have a record of 18-41 so far this season. but devin booker, the suns’ best player, doesn’t share that opinion. his comments contained these hypothetical observations (2nd conditional–if + past tense + modal auxiliary verb)
if i was a coach, i’d do that throughout the year, so i wouldn’t even look at it as disrespectful…..but if he didn’t have four all-stars, i don’t think he’d be doing that.
throughout means at different moments, from start to finish.
devin booker. currently on the zucaritas box in mexico.
one of those all stars is steph curry, who had some difficulty managing coaching duties. curry
nearly drew a delay-of-game warning for taking too long in a timeout to open the second half.
steve kerr coaching steph curry
curry’s comments after the game might mean that he thinks a break from the grind of the nba regular season will have more effect than kerr’s experiment. he commented
our lack of execution or intensity on the floor during games or whatever the case, we obviously haven’t been great by any stretch of the imagination in the last month. but this all-star break should be great for us to recalibrate, reset and hit the ground running.
the nba all-star game is this weekend. the warriors next game is next thursday against the los angeles clippers.
so can the warriors owners stop paying kerr and just let the players coach themselves? kerr’s comments on that…
let’s not get carried away; i like it here. i want to stay. i like this job. i’d like to stay on the job. but tonight they needed a new voice.
let’s not get carried away means let’s not overreact.
let’s not get carried away, u coach the next game, coach. (noah graham/nbae, via getty images)
what do u think about the technique kerr employed? was it effective only because of the talent the warriors have and the suns don’t have? share your opinions under leave a reply
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