Draymond Green reveals why Warriors players thought Steve Kerr was ‘out of his mind’ when he took over in 2014

After two straight playoff appearances and a 51-win season, Warrior’s The sacking of Mark Jackson in the summer of 2014 was a surprise move to some. As has been well written since that time, Jackson’s dismissal was more than basketball. But under the veil of a perennial punchline franchise ascending the realm of respect, there were also basketball concerns.

Namely, the crime of the Golden State.

Despite Stephen Curry’s burst onto the superstar scene, Jackson’s Warriors have never been better than 12th in offensive ratings. It was a crime built on ancient and predictable mismatch hunting that relied on extremely difficult personal shotmaking. It was not going to get the warriors where they had the talent to go.

Enter Steve Kerr, who promptly turned Golden State’s offense into an ever-flowing ball of player movement. It was sloppy in the beginning, with all these cuts and advance passes requiring an almost sixth sense connection between teammates who weren’t going to be on the same page from the jump. Count Draymond Green among those players who weren’t so quick to see the beauty in a beautiful game.

“Crime [under Jackson] There was a lot of pick-and-roll major,” Greene said during a recent appearance “check in“Podcast.” Like, we [ran] Too many picks and rolls for Steph [Curry]Klay. pindown for [Thompson] And looking for matchups… you know, ‘Oh, there’s a mismatch, we’re going to go over that mismatch.’ And then obviously, we had dramas. to like, [it] It wasn’t that we didn’t have plays, but the bulk of our offense was pick and roll and taking advantage of mismatches.

“I remember the first training camp when Steve Kerr took over, he’s like, cut, stand and wait for the ball. I’ll catch the ball on top of the key, Steph on the wing, and [Kerr is] Like, ‘Steph, cut,’ and it’s like, ‘No, man, I have to pass the ball to Steph right here.’ And he said, ‘Pass the ball and move on. Without the ball, the ball will be in the hands of those who are going to take the shot.

Greene concluded: “We all thought he was out of his mind. And then as soon as we started doing it, then you figure it out and [you’re] Like, ‘Yo, this is really pretty incredible.’ Like, the ball is moving, the ball is moving. Screen, roll, it’s ball moving, ball moving, ball moving. Mismatches happen, but no one really stands out. And that’s how all this flux crime and all this stuff came in.”

Suffice it to say, Kerr’s idea worked. The first year he took over for Jackson, with virtually the same roster, he turned the Warriors into the league’s No. 2 offense, improving their regular-season wins totaling 16 games and, by the way, leading the franchise since 1975. First Championship – First of four titles, and appearance in six finals under Kerr.

To this day, Kerr taking the ball out of Curry’s hands remains a disappointment. I’ll admit, it still works out to me over and over again. But there’s no denying Curry’s talent for using this kind of fluid in an on/off ball manner. This only works if you have a player like Curry, a superstar capable of taking offense beyond the heavy of a pick-and-roll load, who is ready to release the ball and confident it will make its way Will come back to him if he continues to move forward with energy and integrity.

In turn, the belief that the ball will, in fact, find its way back into the curry only works if you have people who are able to act as passers-by and screeners in a system that controls the entire unit. Depends entirely on the collective instincts. Green, more than any other player, is the one who drives this part of Kerr’s vision. Forget Green’s defense for a second; He is an incredibly forward thinking facilitator.

By means of a pure sense, he always knows where Curry is, which defense is leaning, whether a back-cut is about to open as Curry pulls the two defenders out of the arc from a pin-down screen; Green sees it all before it actually happens, and everyone, not just Curry, is a beneficiary.

Over the years, the Warriors have brought in smart, intuitive, egoless players who fit into the system, while weeding out those who can’t keep up with such fluid, improvisational demands. Now it is a well oiled machine. But it was not always so. Kerr saw how unstoppable a Curry-led offense could be if he didn’t always lead it straight. It was a risk, but the rewards were clearly worth it.

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