Kerr opted to lay off coaching, and allow his veteran players to run the huddle and call plays saying that he was simply trying to reach his team and also lay back a bit ahead of the NBA All-Star break.
Suns’s players such as veteran Jared Dudley took issue with Kerr’s play but also admitted that the Suns were deserving of the humiliation.
Injured Suns guard Devin Booker and head coach Jay Triano also said they were okay with Kerr’s decision.
Mitchell, on the other hand, had some critical comments.
“I have nothing to say,” Mitchell said. “For the people who think this is great, just let someone with no experience come to show up at their job and that’s not what they do and you let them do your job.”
“Look, I understand Steve Kerr’s been winning, he has two championship rings, he’s been to three Finals and Golden State can do what they wanna do… If they win Smitty, do I even need to coach them? Why don’t I just pay Kevin Durant an extra mill and say ‘you be the player-coach now’?”
Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Discusses Recovery from Achilles Injury
Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is discussing the difficulat road to recovery he has faced as he has battled back from the Achilles injury he suffered late last season while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans.
“It’s really tested me as a person, as a man, as an athlete” Cousins said, according to Logan Murdock The Mercury News. I’ve had a lot of dark days, a lot of good days. I’ve questioned myself a lot but I’ve found a way to overcome all those bad feelings so I see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Cousins is currently practicing with the team and is inching closer to a return to the court, where he will make his official debut with Golden State.
Warriors’ Damian Jones Undergoes Pectoral Surgery
Per the announcement, Jones will be out indefinitely, and if he does end up missing the rest of the season Golden State could apply for a disabled player exception although it wouldn’t be a financial rewarding route.
Jones has chipped in 5.4 ppg and 3.1 rpg for the Warriors this season.
Warriors Expected to Pick Up Damian Jones’ Option
By executing the move, Golden State would add $2,305,057 in guaranteed money to the books for 2019-2020, and will increase the projected tax bill, boosting them well over the luxury tax threshold if the team brings back superstars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who are both pending free agents.
Jones has performed well during his time on the court this season, averaging 6.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, and 1.4 BPG in 8 games, all starts.
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