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Steve Kerr allows Warriors players to coach themselves in Suns rout

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After securing his 250th win with the franchise on Saturday, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr decided to hand over the coaching duties and take a break against the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

But he didn't hand the reigns to his assistants or other members of his coaching staff. Instead, he gave responsibility to his players to coach themselves in a rare occurrence.

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

Iggy sat in Kerr's usual chair and proceeded to break down plays for his teammates while his head coach stood to the side.

As the game wore on, both David West and Draymond Green - who wasn't playing due to a sprained finger - were also given turns to put their coaching hats on and call plays.

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

It clearly had the desired effect as the Warriors crushed the Suns 129-83 and were at their devastating best.

Speaking after the game, Kerr explained that his players needed to hear a new voice and he wanted to do this as a way of motivating his players.

"I told them the other night after the last game [on Saturday] that we were going to do it," Kerr said, per ESPN. "It's their team. I think that's one of the first things you have to consider as a coach.

"It's not your team, it's not [general manager] Bob Myers' team, it's not [owner] Joe Lacob's team -- although I'm not going to tell Joe that.

"It's the players' team, and they have to take ownership of it. And as coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction, guide them, but we don't control them.

"They determine their own fate and I don't feel like we focused well at all the last month, and it just seemed like the right thing to do. I thought they communicated really well together and drew up some nice plays, and it was a good night for the guys."

Superstars and veteran players are occasionally given freedom to speak their mind and take control of timeouts, but this move by the Warriors head coach was uncommon.

It didn't go down well with some Phoenix players as Jared Dudley described it as a "lack of respect" but Kerr immediately spoke to Suns counterpart Jay Triano after the game and explained that wasn't his intention.

"I told Jay afterward that it had nothing to do with being disrespectful," Kerr said. "It had to do with me reaching my team. I have not reached them for the last month.

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"They're tired of my voice. I'm tired of my voice. It's been a long haul these last few years and I wasn't reaching them, and we just figured it was probably a good night to pull a trick out of the hat and do something different."

With the All-Star break just days away and in a matchup at home against one of the worst teams in the west, it would've been simple for the Dubs to take things easy on the night.

But Kerr's shake-up didn't allow for that to happen and it's why he's one of the best coaches in the league.

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Pacific Division
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Oklahoma City Thunder
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