While getting to coach the most talented team of all-time has it’s perks, Steve Kerr also has plenty of challenges ahead of him this season with the Golden State Warriors.
If you offered the Golden State Warriors coaching job to any of the other coaches in the league, they would accept without giving it much thought.
You get a team with five All-Stars, including two MVP’s, and the Warriors have compiled the most unselfish group of superstars ever assembled.
However, Steve Kerr’s job became very difficult last season.
His team was coming off of a championship run where they cruised to the number one seed and dominated everyone in the playoffs.
It became clear early on that Golden State was not nearly as engaged during the regular season, and Kerr continually expressed his disgust with the team’s effort all year long. That lethargy continued all the way into the playoffs and nearly cost them a chance to repeat as champions.
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The attitude of complacency could be even worse during the upcoming regular season as nearly everyone on the team has at least two championship rings.
Kerr will need to find creative ways to keep his players engaged while knowing that they are heavy favorites to win their third title in a row.
I think Kerr should enter this year with three goals in mind: motivate his team to give a better regular season effort, keep the players on a solid schedule of rest, and implement DeMarcus Cousins into the team without interrupting their rhythm.
The first two goals may seem contradictory to each other, but I think Kerr could accomplish both of them this season.
Even if one or two of the All-Stars is on the bench, Kerr can give some opportunities to young players who are hungry for playing time and could give them an emotional boost.
The DeMarcus Cousins problem is a good problem to have, but it could keep the coaching staff up at night. Kerr will need to encourage Cousins to be a better ball-mover and convince him to accept a smaller role in the offense without ruining team chemistry.
Kerr talked openly about how difficult it was to coach this team last season, and he will face some similar challenges this year. But if he can accomplish those three goals, it should be smooth sailing to a three-peat.
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