Having lost three of their previous six games heading into their encounter with the Phoenix Suns earlier this week, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr decided to use an interesting tactic to improve the focus of his players.
During the clash with the Suns, Kerr interestingly handed over coaching duties to his players and allowed them to call their own plays and take charge of huddles during timeouts.
The likes of Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and David West took turns to take on the coaching role as they assumed the clipboard and drew up plays for the team.
After the game, Kerr said he wanted his players to hear a different voice and take control.
Some members of the Suns team saw this as a sign of disrespect but Kerr approached his counterpart Jay Triano immediately after the game to explain that wasn't his intention.
“It had nothing to do with me being disrespectful. It had to do with me trying to reach my team. I have not reached them for the last month,” Kerr said.
“They’re tired of my voice. I’m tired of my voice. It’s been a long haul these last three years. I wasn’t reaching them and we thought it was probably a good night to pull a trick out of the hat and do something different.”
But the Warriors coach received some criticism for his decision to let the players coach themselves.
Kevin Durant was not surprised by the reaction as he believes it's just another sign of the hatred people have for the Dubs.
"Everybody just loves to hate on the Warriors," Durant told Sean Highkin. "Whatever we do, they don't want to just say they hate us, so they're going to make excuses up on why they don't like us or why it was disrespectful. Who gives a s---?"
Kerr was bemused with the criticism he received and said it's a good tactic that he will likely look to employ again.
When asked how he felt about the backlash towards his decision, he simply replied: “I don’t care.”
The Warriors crushed Phoenix 129-86 on the night so it did seem to have the desired effect.
Kerr is one of the best coaches in the league and part of the reason is that he's willing to be innovative and try new things to get the best out of his team.
This latest move was blown a little out of proportion but despite what he says, we probably won't be seeing him use this trick again in the near future.