Kerr jabs Rockets in saying Warriors won't change their offense


It's no secret that Steve Kerr is not a fan of the way the Houston Rockets played the last several seasons under coach Mike D'Antoni.

The Warriors coach prefers a lot of ball movement and player movement, and just wants to get as many open looks as possible. He doesn't like a heavy dose of isolation sets and shooting 50-plus 3-pointers per game.

So when he was asked about potential new concepts for Golden State's offense next season, the eight-time NBA champion took a playful jab.

"We're not reinventing the wheel. We're still gonna be the Warriors," Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on Wednesday. "We're not gonna all of a sudden turn into the Rockets -- change our offense -- and have one guy go high pick-and-roll 70 times a game."


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When Kawakami responded with, "That would be so you, Steve. Just do that. Iso ball -- where your heart is," Kerr made a joke.

"I think I would resign first," he said. 

The 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year then got more serious.

"We gotta be ourselves," he said. "What makes Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) the players they are is the combination of what they can on and off the ball. That's what moves defenses.

"And what makes Draymond (Green) special is his ability to distribute from either the four or the five spot -- to have playmaking at that level. As you watch (the) Miami (Heat) right now, you can see the influence that our team has had on the league.

"It's really difficult for defenses to guard when there's a lot of action going on. So we're not gonna change that stuff."

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So while Curry probably will be in more high screen action than in the past, the two-time NBA MVP isn't going to become James Harden or Damian Lillard.

And that's totally OK.

Lastly, it will be interesting to see if the Rockets -- who haven't hired D'Antoni's replacement yet -- will make drastic changes stylistically.

The 2020-21 season can't get here soon enough.

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