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“We all thought he was out of his mind.” — Draymond Green on what he thought of Golden State Warriors' offense when Steve Kerr took over

Once they figured it out, the players never wanted to go back to the NBA standard pick-and-roll offense.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green listens to head coach Steve Kerr

Draymond Green and Steve Kerr

It is no secret that the Golden State Warriors have been among the most successful teams in the NBA over the past few years. This is partly due to their incredible offense, led by head coach Steve Kerr. When Kerr took over as head coach in 2014, many people doubted his ability to lead the team. Draymond Green, who has been a critical player on the Warriors' roster since Kerr's arrival, recently spoke about what he and his teammates thought of Kerr's offensive strategy when he first took over.

Awkward transition

When Kerr took over the head coaching duties from former coach Mark Jackson in 2014, there was skepticism from many people about his ability to lead the team. Jackson had guided the Warriors to back-to-back playoff appearances, and the team was coming off of a 51-win season when Kerr took over. On the other hand, Kerr had no head coaching experience and was coming off a stint as the Phoenix Suns general manager.

Add to that the fact that the Warriors ran a typical NBA offense predicated on a steady diet of pick and rolls and isolation plays, and it's no surprise that there was some initial blowback from the players, notably Green.

"The offense was very pick-and-roll dominant," Green said. "Like, we run a lot of pick and rolls for Steph (Curry), pinned downs for Klay (Thompson) and kind of and seeking out, like, matchups, you know, like, 'Oh, there's a mismatch, we are going at that mismatch,'" said Green on the "Checc'n In" podcast.

Safe to say, the first days of training camp saw a lot of chaos and confusion as the team tried to learn Kerr's complicated new system.

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"When Steve Kerr took over the job, I remember the first training camp, he's like, ball movement, cut, stop standing and waiting for the ball," Green said. "We all thought he was out of his mind!"

Green and the rest of the Warriors eventually got the hang of Kerr's system and saw the beauty in its simplicity. The offense relies on a lot of ball and player movement, creating open shots for anyone on the court.

"And then as we started to do it, then you figure it out, and you like, 'Yo, this is actually pretty incredible.' Like, it's ball moving. There goes the mismatch, but nobody's really standing. And that's kind of where all this flow offense and all this stuff came," added Green.

Recipe for success

The Warriors won 67 games in Kerr's first year as coach and went on to win the NBA championship. They followed that up with a historic 73-win season and titles in 2017, 2018, and 2022. Needless to say, Kerr's offense has been a big reason for the team's success.

Looking back, it is clear that Kerr made the right decision in implementing his offense. It has been a big part of the Warriors' success over the past years. Green and his teammates bought into the system to become one of the most lethal offenses in the history of the NBA.

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