Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr officially won his 251st game on Monday — in a game he didn't coach.
The Warriors, despite their league-leading 44-13 record, have been going through something of a slump lately. They'd dropped three of their last six games before Monday night. So Kerr decided to shake things up and let his team do the coaching against the lowly Phoenix Suns, one of the league's worst teams.
The Warriors won 129-83. It was their second-biggest margin of victory all season.
Reserve center JaVale McGee was tasked with running the team's preparatory film session. Cerebral veteran Andre Iguodala was given responsibility over the team's pregame shootaround. Throughout the course of the game, coaching duties were shared between Iguodala, 37-year-old center David West, star guard Stephen Curry, and the Warriors' brilliant and brash defensive star Draymond Green. Kerr hung out on the sidelines and remained uninvolved.
The Athletic's Anthony Slater noted that Green — who did not play because of a minor injury — eventually took the bulk of the coaching duties from his teammates and even cursed at star teammate Kevin Durant during a huddle while drawing up a play.
Draymond not even waiting for the clipboard anymore, he's confidently strolling out with it now pic.twitter.com/c4sQS1PEUJ
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 13, 2018
After the game, Kerr explained that he could only do so much as a coach: "It's [the players'] team and they have to take ownership of it. As coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction and guide them, but we don't control them." Kelly O'Meara Morales