It was no secret for anybody watching the Golden State Warriors last season that the team looked disinterested, bored, unfocused and out of sync on many occasions this season. Remember, they were so out of it that coach Steve Kerr stepped aside in a late season game against the Phoenix Suns and allowed each player to take a turn with the clipboard and give them a chance to coach and run plays.
Granted, the result was a 45 point demolition,but the real issue was: how do you keep a team that’s been to four straight NBA Finals engaged and locked in?”
As we are inching closer to the dawn of a new NBA season, that question still remains.
Kerr and the rest of the coaching staff will head to an undisclosed location for an annual coaching retreat, and the topic of switching up some practices will be discussed.
“My gut is to change things up, to change our routine a little bit,” Kerr revealed in an article by Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’ve been basically doing the same thing for four years.”
While the only change in strategy is integrating DeMarcus Cousins in the system, one can only speculate about the changes. Kerr throws out a couple of scenarios.
“(It) could mean altering or getting rid of shootarounds, (Or) only having shootarounds occasionally. Could mean changing the structure of practice, changing the amount of time on the floor, maybe mixing up some different drills,” he said in the article.
Kerr’s hunch about a need to switch things up with the team is very understandable. They are in Year 5 of this run and the same old practices probably have gotten real old real fast. On the other hand, those same rituals of shoot around and their methods of practice is why they are where they are as the defending champs.
At any rate, the only question that matters here is: how long is it until the season begins?