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Steve Kerr wants to get the Warriors running more, Iguodala out of the corner

May 21, 2014, 10:06 PM EDT

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The Golden State Warriors did not play slowly this past season — at 98.5 possessions per game they were sixth fastest in the NBA.

Steve Kerr wants them to play faster next season.

And while he’s at it, he wants Andre Iguodala to get the ball on the move more, less as a spot up shooter.

That’s what Kerr said in series of interviews following his introductory press conference Tuesday.

We will start with this very good point about Iguodala.

Iguodala got 25.1 percent of his shot attempts this season on catch-and-shoot spot up attempts, and he shot just 36.3 percent on those. To be fair, he did shoot 39.1 percent on his spot up threes. However, on the 24 percent of his shots he took in transition Iguodala shot 64.7 percent. Off cuts in the half court he shot 80.6 percent. (Stats via Synergy Sports)

Kerr is right. It’s not that Iguodala is a bad spot up shooter, it’s that there are better ones on the Warriors and Iguodala is better — and harder to guard — when in motion.

Kerr also spoke after his presser with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News and laid out his offensive philosophy.

I think you’ll see a lot of ball movement; I think you’ll see the bigs utilized as passers on the elbows and on the block. I think you’ll see some Triangle concepts. We’re not going to look like the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s… I think in today’s NBA you have to run; you have to play fast and score early….

I like to see flow and ball movement and spacing. And this team has a lot of skill players who should be able to work together and create easier shots for one another.

If you don’t think running is part of the triangle offense you haven’t read the works of Tex Winter, the creator of the offense. At times under Phil Jackson the offense was a lot slower, but Winters’ basic principles call for early fast break offense, but with spacing to create good looks.

(Plus remember Kerr played for Lute Olsen in college and Gregg Popovich — he has more than one mentor.)

The Warriors certainly have the talent to play this way. It will be interesting to see how well they can defend at a faster pace, but anything that gets the offensive firepower on this team cleaner looks is a good thing.

Of course, it’s one thing to say that in an interview. Execution remains the question, starting with the untested coach.

  1. themagicfanguy - May 21, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    What a load of BS. Warriors are the 9th seed next year… Pathetic.

    • tfoz5150 - May 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Iguadala’s old and over rated. He doesn’t want to drive to the hoop anymore. He’s content shooting 3’s and he was never very good at that either. Nice guy, though.

    • duhwighthoward - May 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Kerr is a fool. The Triangle Offense led to the highest scoring team in the league the last time the Lakers won the championship.

  2. norcal031 - May 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    They were nice at the start of last year until he got hurt with. The ball movement was so sound and on point. They need him to penetrate (yes) and kick out at the last moment (yes) to a wide open Steph or Clay. Even hit Bogut for a mid range jumper. It would be be more splash than Concord Waterworld!

    • joeksnuffy - May 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      You lost me at hitting Bogut for midrange jumper. he has no midrange jumper.

  3. cantonb0und13 - May 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    S. Curry and K. Love … Warriors must find a way to get Love. Do people realize how scary it would be to defend Curry and Love?

    • adoombray - May 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Kevin Love is not an upgrade over David Lee. That team already has issues playing defense as it is, you put that turnstyle Kevin Love in there and the season is over once Bogut inevitably gets injured again.

      • nadoinspincity - May 22, 2014 at 4:55 AM

        Because David Lee is an ace defender? Kevin Love and David Lee are both equally bad defenders, Lee might even be a little worst(Love averages slightly more block and steals per game) but the point is Kevin Love is a better rebounder and an extremely potent offensive weapon. It would make no changes to the Warriors defensively on the interior. Golden State was 3rd in the entire league in defensive efficiency while they were 12th in offensive efficiency so contrary to popular belief Golden State could use more offensive help than defensive help.

        And yah, if Bogut or Curry gets injured the season is obviously going to be over. Same thing for the Heat if Lebron got injured or if the Clippers lost Chris Paul or if Portland lost Aldridge etc. Teams aren’t built to win, especially not in the playoffs, without their best players. The Warriors might as well trade Bogut if they are building a team around the prediction that Bogut will be injured during the playoffs.

      • sportsfan18 - May 22, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        You say Love is NOT an upgrade over Lee?

        I’m not a fan of Love or the Warrior’s (I’m a Bulls fan) but any basketball fan knows Love is better than Lee.

        Many things here. They are both not good defenders. I’m not gonna squabble about whether Love is a bit better defender or whether Lee is.

        Love had the third HIGHEST PER in the league this past season. KD was 1st and LeBron was 2nd.

        So, after EVERYONE not named KD or LeBron, Love was at the TOP of the heap.

        Love finished 9th in the NBA this past season in points per shot. Points per shot takes into account 3 pointers, 2 pointers and free throws.

        Basically, when a player shoots the ball at the basket, how many points does he score on average per shot.

        ONLY 8 men scored more points per shot this past season than Love.

        Lee was NOT #3 in PER or in the TOP TEN in points per shot.

        Also, one HAS to factor in Lee’s age compared to the age Love is. Lee will turn 32 at the beginning of next season. Love will turn 26 at the beginning of next season.

        Lee pulls down 10.8 boards per 36 min’s in his career to 13.4 boards per 36 min’s of court time in his career.

        Even if one does NOT like a player, one needs to be honest.

        Love IS an upgrade over Lee.

  4. aldavis4president - May 22, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Kevin love is not an upgrade over David Lee??!?!?! I’m not to high on klove, but I’ve absolutely have had enough of David Lee’s matador defense!! I’ll take love over dlee 10/10 times. With no hesitation.

    • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      All you need is LOVE.

    • eventhorizon04 - May 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Even if you think Love and Lee are roughly equivalent players (and I don’t), Love’s 3-point range would make him a deadly complement to Steph Curry.

      Curry-Love pick-and-pops would be a nightmare to defend since allowing either guy space would lead to open 3’s.

  5. csbanter - May 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Harrison Barnes and Igoudala the Warriors have a choice to make, and considering Iggy deal Barnes is easier to move in a trade. Kerr should not be calling the games right now. He’s coming across as this Zen Master of the game when he’s not. Go prepare for the draft and summer league.

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