Steve Kerr allows Warriors players to coach themselves in Suns rout

Doug Mendoza
February 14, 2018

Cameras caught Iguodala and Green leading the Warriors' huddles throughout the night, at times instructing the team on plays the Warriors coaching staff had prepared, while at other times drawing up plays of their own design. He stood off to the side with his back turned while players took turns coaching.

"I don't think it's something we would do often, but I think it's a good exercise", Kerr said. "As coaches our job is to nudge them, guide them, we don't control them".

The good news for the players involved in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis was that US Bank Stadium was an enclosed facility, so they would not have to play in the bitterly cold weather that's commonplace with that part of the country this time of year.

"It's the players' team, and they have to take ownership of it". "Andre (Igoudala), D-West (David West), behind the scenes the other guys".

How embarrassing for the Suns.

"I was trying to be aggressive on the inbounds", LaVine said. I had not reached them for the last month. They're exhausted of my voice - I'm exhausted of my voice. I'm exhausted of my voice.

"It has been a long haul these last few years".

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Golden State has seen historic success since Kerr has taken over, netting the franchise two titles and coming one blown 3-1 lead (no, we won't let you forget it) from owning the last three championships. But even if he said he feels "pretty good" in his 15th National Basketball Association season, West said he will handle the retirement question with the same deliberation he plays the game. Kevin Durant had 17 points on eight-of-nine shooting.

Phoenix are suffering contrasting fortunes, having lost five in a row after a 113-123 defeat at the hands of the Nuggets. He ran his team's huddles. The Warriors will face a much steeper challenge against the Trail Blazers (31-26) over Phoenix, which has the Western Conference's third-worst record.

Green himself (sprained finger) didn't play in the game.

At the end of the night, though, it was Kerr that notched his 251st career coaching victory, despite him giving all the players their due credit.

Monday will be Green's eighth missed game this season due to a variety of minor ailments. The Houston Rockets overhauled their roster this summer - trading for Chris Paul and signing P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute - before landing Gerald Green, Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright during the season.

With forward Jordan Bell still out with a left ankle injury, Kevon Looney will likely get the start Monday night.

Bobby Portis added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Jerian Grant had 14 points and seven assists in the win.

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