Steve Kerr Responds to Critics After Letting Players Coach vs. Suns

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During a timeout midway through the first quarter, Kerr gave his clipboard and pen to veteran Andre Iguodala.

David West, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry also took turns taking over the huddle.

"No", he said. "I think (Kerr) is coaching his team, regardless of who's on the other side".

Watson started six of the seven games he played in as a rookie, completing almost 62 percent of his passes and throwing for 1,699 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

"I don't know", Kerr said, when asked what he thought of the job they did.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 17 points (8-of-9 field goals, 1-of-1 3-pointers) with 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and 4 turnovers in 29.9 minutes of Monday's 129-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns. 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). I don't feel like we focused well at all the last month.

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For his part, Kerr explained his reasoning to reporters afterward, saying he was trying to jolt a team on cruise control in the middle of an 82-game season. "We figured it was a good night to pull a trick out of the hat and do something different". I thought about a play and then I forgot the second option and had two guys in the wrong place on the board.

And while playing the Suns helped revitalize the Warriors defense it also did wonders for a couple struggling players. What better way to get players more involved than making them coach themselves?

So head coach Steve Kerr would do things a little differently last night.

While it is understandable Kerr chose to take the night partially off for a 46-point stomping of the Suns, the way he did it was a black eye on the league. I like where our team is. In basketball, where overall offensive philosophy is paramount over individual play-calling, players could slip in and out of the coaching role more freely than in other sports. They needed a new voice.

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As he wasn't involved in the encounter, Green ran most of the timeout huddles during the game.

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