The Golden State Warriors faced criticism after coach Steve Kerr allowed his players to coach themselves for stretches during their win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday. Surprisingly, they managed to win convincingly.
Although the Warriors were always most likely to win against the Suns on Monday night, many people saw the fact that Kerr allowed his players to coach the team as a sign of disrespect towards their opponents.
Golden State ended up winning 129-83 against Phoenix at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Steph Curry was the top performer for the home team on the night as he scored 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and was 8-of-17 from the field.
Prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers' win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, head coach Tyronn Lue said he isn't ready to deal with the same kind of criticism, especially since LeBron James is still around.
Lue said to ESPN's Dave McMenamin: "I wouldn't do that. They already say LeBron is coaching the team, anyway. So, if I give him the clipboard they're really going to say that."
Coaching is currently needed at the Cavaliers right now as it's a completely different roster after trading away six players and bringing in four new players on trade deadline day last week. So far it's working, as after last night, the team is on a four-game winning streak.
The Cavaliers defeated the Thunder 120-112 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City last night. Four Thunder players managed to score 20+ points on the night, but the Cleveland defense managed to keep them at bay. LeBron shined the brightest on the court, as he scored 37 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and he was 14-of-23 from the field.
When explaining why he allowed several Warriors players to coach the team, Kerr said: "I told them the other night after the last game [on Saturday] that we were going to do it. 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."
Suns' star Jared Dudley felt it was disrespectful, as he said: “It shows a lack of respect for an opponent, and maybe right now we don’t deserve respect. When you keep getting beat by 40, teams won’t respect you. But it’s up to us to change that.”
Suns head coach Jay Triano, however, didn't mind what the Warriors did, as he said: “I noticed their plays were a little better out of timeout tonight. Nah, I didn’t have a problem with what Steve did.”
So there are mixed feelings from those linked to the NBA about Kerr allowing his players to coach the Warriors, but one thing is for certain, Lue isn't going to be following suit anytime soon.