OAKLAND — With the Golden State Warriors set to play seven games in a nine-day span, head coach Steve Kerr gave his players a half day off on Friday morning.
“We’ve got a ton of games coming up,” Kerr said after a practice that consisted of a film review session and a light slate of drills — mainly for reserves.
“Our players need more rest than they need practice, but they need to get their minds right for these games because we had a lot of mindless play out there [against the Houston Rockets]. And I didn’t coach a very good game either. So, I’m not saying it’s all the players. It’s all of us.”
The busy run of game begins on Saturday night when the Dubs host the Phoenix Suns.
— After guiding the Warriors to a 16-2 mark in October, Kerr won his fourth Western Conference Coach of Month award.
“Well, we had the best record, so that’s generally how it works,” Kerr said. “Whoever gets the best record, they give the award to and so I’m lucky to have good players.”
— Kerr offered his thoughts on Draymond Green, who was assessed a Flagrant 1 for inadvertently kicking James Harden in the head on Thursday night.
“Draymond is under the microscope,” Kerr said. “He knows that. We know. Other guys are going to get away with it because it may not be recognized. Again, it’s a tough play to see, but they’re going to be watching for it with Draymond. And that’s the way it is.”
Kerr added that Harden — the recipient of Green’s kick — actually follows the same playbook as the All-Star forward.
“It’s a reactionary thing trying to draw a foul,” Kerr explained. “A lot of players have different things that they do to show that they’re fouled and many of them kick. Many of them flail their arms. Part of playing in the NBA is trying to fool the refs. James Harden’s the best at it. He’ll grab your arm and go up for a shot and it looks like it’s foul on you. So, it’s smart. I give him credit for it.”
— A day after noted Warriors critic Charles Barkley accused the team of playing “ little girly basketball” on TNT, Kerr brushed aside the diss.
“We didn’t talk about it,” Kerr said. “But, it’s getting to the point where I feel like, if the whole team walked in front of Charles’ house, he would just yell, ‘Get off my lawn!’ That’s how I feel about it.”