Draymond Green reveals why Warriors players thought Steve Kerr was ‘out of his mind’ when he took over in 2014

After two back-to-back playoff appearances and a 51-win season, he was the Warriors Mark Jackson’s dismissal in the summer of 2014 was, for some, a surprising move. As well chronicled at the time, Jackson’s sacking was more than just basketball. But under the veil of an enduring privilege ascending to the realm of respectability, there have been basketball concerns, too.

It is a Golden State crime.

Despite Stephen Curry making an appearance on the star-studded scene, the Jackson Warriors never finished better than 12th in the offensive rating. It was a determined crime of mismatched and predictable hunting that relied on crafting extremely difficult single bullets. It wasn’t going to get the warriors to where they had the talent to go.

Enter Steve Kerr, who instantly transforms Golden State’s attack into a flowing ball of player movement. It was sloppy at first, all these preemptive cuts and passes requiring an almost crucial connection between teammates who weren’t on the same page from the jump. Draymond Green is among those players who are not in a hurry to see the beauty in this beautiful game.

“a crime [under Jackson] Green said during a recent appearance on Checc’n In“Podcast”. Like, we [ran] Lots of picking and menus for Steve [Curry]pindowns for Clay [Thompson] And kind of looking for matches… you know, “Oh, there’s a mismatch, we’re getting to this mismatch.” And then obviously, we had plays. Likes, [it] It wasn’t that we had no plays, but the bulk of our attack was pick and roll and take advantage of mismatches.

“When Steve Kerr took over, I remember the first bootcamp, it was like, ‘Move the ball, cut, stop standing and wait for the ball. I’m going to catch the ball at the top of the switch, Steve on the wing,’ and [Kerr is] Like, “Steph, cut” and she’s like, “No, dude, I’m supposed to pass the ball to Steve here.” He said: Pass the ball and move. Without the ball, the ball will find the hands of the people who are supposed to shoot.

Green concluded, “We all thought he’d lost his mind. And then when we started doing it, you could tell and [you’re] Like, “Yo, that’s really unbelievable.” Like, the ball is moving, the ball is moving. Screen, roll, ball moving, ball moving, ball moving. There is a mismatch, but no one really stands out. And that’s kind of where all these outpouring insults and all that stuff came from.”

Suffice it to say, Kerr’s idea worked. In his first year as Jackson, with roughly the same roster, he turned the Warriors into the No. 2 offensive in the league, improving their regular season win total by 16 games, and incidentally, led the franchise to its first championship since 1975—the first four titles and six finals under CARE leadership.

To this day, there are frustrations with Kerr getting the ball out of Carey’s hand. I’ll admit, this still makes me work every now and then. But the brilliance of Curry’s use of this fluid way to turn the ball on/off is simply undeniable. It only works when you have a player like Curry, a star who is more than able to withstand the attack through the heaviest pick-and-roll loads, who is willing to let go of the ball and trust it will make its way back to him if he keeps moving with strength and integrity.

In turn, this confidence that the ball will actually find its way back to Curry only works when you have players who are able to act as passes and sifters in a system that relies almost solely on the collective instincts of the entire unit. Green, more than any other player, is what makes this part of Kerr’s vision go. Forget Greene’s defense for a moment; He is an incredibly forward-thinking facilitator.

By pure sense, he always knows where Curry is, the way the defense is tilted, and whether the back is about to open as Curry pulls two defenders beyond the arc from a screen-mounted screen; Green sees everything before it actually happens, and everyone, not just Carrie, is the beneficiary.

Over the years, Warriors have brought in clever, instinctive players who are not arrogant and fit into this system, while fooling those who can’t keep up with such flexible improvisational demands. Now it’s a well-oiled machine. But it wasn’t always this way. Kerr saw how a crime Carrey was driving could not be stopped if he wasn’t always directly driving it. It was a risk, but the rewards were clearly worth it.