It is no surprise that former Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, demoted by former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson but still a friend of the franchise, went on satellite radio Wednesday and fired a few darts at his former boss.
Though this approach is not uncommon coming from an ex-employee, I would say at least some of those darts were accurate.
It is hard to build a rational argument against Scalabrine’s assertion that the Warriors, under new coach Steve Kerr, "probably got a better coaching staff." And it is altogether likely Scalabrine is on point in saying the Warriors "could just be better organized."
How does one disagree? Top assistants Alvin Gentry and Ron Adams bring a combined 77 years of coaching experience to the bench. And, moreover, they know their way around the NBA coaching spin more than were Jackson’s assistants Pete Myers and Lindsey Hunter.
"Steve Kerr has put together a great staff and if they could just be better organized," Scalabrine said.
"If you think, the Warriors were last in the NBA in turnovers. They turned the ball over more than anybody else in the NBA, but they were third in the NBA in defense. A lot of that had to do with the defensive coach, Darren Erman, being there. I mean just completely taking to defense, studying the film and getting guys in the right position.’’
The question to be answered is whether a stronger staff will deliver more victories and a deeper postseason run. And there are legitimate reasons to wonder about that, beginning with the obvious bond Jackson was able to forge with his roster.
Chemistry and unity in the NBA often are more essential to winning than strategy devised in practice or on a white board.
Scalabrine’s dismissal was related to disagreements with Jackson and assistants, particularly Myers. Both Jackson and Scalabrine have since described their parting as based on "philosophical differences."