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Steve Kerr explains how he plans to tweak approach with Warriors this season


Throughout last season, Steve Kerr was vocal about his efforts to get through to his team. The regular season felt like a slog for the Warriors, the overwhelming favorites to win back-to-back NBA championships and three in four years — which they did.

Last February, against the Phoenix Suns, Kerr famously gave his players his clipboard to draw up their own plays. It was a way of keeping them tuned in during the dog days of the season against the worst team in the league.

We may see more unconventional tactics in the upcoming season.

“I think one thing Phil (Jackson) did and that (Gregg Popovich) did in San Antonio was they mixed it up a lot,” Kerr said on ESPN’s “The Jump” Tuesday morning. “Practice wasn’t the same thing every day. They would completely throw a curveball at you. Remember in New York in the playoffs one day, — (Kerr said to former teammate Scottie Pippen) — we were supposed to go to practice and Phil took us to the Staten Island Fairy?”

Making the season more fun is one of Kerr’s focuses. He is tasked with coaching a team featuring at least six future Hall-of-Famers, whose collective focus is on championships, not regular season wins.

Last year, the Warriors battled fatigue and injuries to close regular season, which Kerr confronted.

“I think the biggest thing is we’re trying to focus on how much fun this is, barring my performance last night,” Kerr said, referencing his ejection in Monday’s preseason game. “I thought last year, I might have gone overboard on addressing the fatigue issue head on. I told the guys, ‘Look, I have been there. I was there in Chicago with our team trying to get through three straight seasons winning the title.'”

“This year, we are trying to focus more on, just enjoy it. Have some fun. We have won three of the lat four, and we have a chance to win again. We have great talent, continuity. Let’s enjoy the process a little more. And I am not going to say a lot about fatigue. We are going to go see what happens.”

 

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