Tyronn Lue won't pull a Steve Kerr, hand clipboard to LeBron James

Tyronn Lue won't pull a Steve Kerr, hand clipboard to LeBron James

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens understands Steve Kerr's decision to let Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green assume the role of coach during their recent matchup with the Phoenix Suns.

Kerr won seven National Basketball Association titles as a player, including three with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s under coach Phil Jackson, known for unusual coaching tactics like refusing to call timeouts during cold stretches to force his players to play through tough times.

As the game wore on, both David West and Draymond Green - who wasn't playing due to a sprained finger - were also given turns to put their coaching hats on and call plays. JaVale McGee ran the computer as other players broke down film. That probably won't sit too well with the Suns.

"Let's not get carried away; I like it here", Kerr said. It's their team. They have to take ownership of it, and as coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction, guide them. I thought about a play and then I forgot the second option and had two guys in the wrong place on the board.

Video surfaced on Tuesday morning of Kerr handing his clipboard to his Warriors players during their win in Oakland on Monday night. They need to earn respect.

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"I wouldn't do that", Lue said.

So Kerr decided that, for a night, the Warriors wouldn't hear his voice. TJ Warren dropped a team-high thirty-one points in their last game. The Warriors have won two NBA titles in three years and they're the overwhelming favorites to win this year's NBA Finals. The Warriors retained their lead over the Rockets atop the Western Conference standings with the win and have a record of 43-13, half a game better than Houston. Kerr's unique technique worked, resulting in a 46-point thumping that happened to be the largest margin of victory ever over Phoenix. He's heading into an All-Star weekend where he'll captain a team that will play against a team picked by LeBron James. "The guys really used this opportunity to run things they like".

In my consulting work, one of the biggest problems I see (even in successful organizations) is that individuals stop thinking for themselves.

The Warriors left Monday, not only with a renewed energy and confidence, but perhaps a couple new coach of the year candidates.

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