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LAS VEGAS -– Opinions vary on how essential it is that the head coach diagrams plays to be run by the team, but new Warriors coach Steve Kerr is firm about his belief.
He'll grab the white board and he'll do the scribbling.
"Some (coaches) do it differently, but it's important for me to step in and be in command," Kerr said over the weekend. "I feel good about my ability to be able to do that, but I have a lot of work ahead."
This is Kerr's first foray into coaching. And he's doing it at the highest level. That's why he made the judicious hires of Alvin Gentry and Ron Adams, veterans of the game.
Gentry, 59, is a longtime assistant and a four-time NBA head coach, with one of his stops coming under Kerr five years ago in Phoenix.
Adams, 66, is a veteran assistant and two-time head coach at the college level.
Kerr concedes that Gentry and Adams are, in essence, training wheels to keep him steady as he eases into the job. Being on the bench for the Warriors during the NBA Summer League is something of a real-time audition.
"You might see some of the stuff we're running in (Vegas) but this is basic stuff," Kerr said of Warriors play sets. "You've got to have a million plays. You've got to have ATOs (plays after timeouts) and late-game threes.
"That's one of the reasons I hired Alvin; he's one of the best in the league. But I've got to be able to master those things. I'm going to be drawing up the plays and deciding what we should run. There will be input from the staff, but ultimately that's my decision."
This is a departure for the Warriors, as former coach Mark Jackson generally dictated his wishes to an assistant, who could grab the board and draw up the play. The Warriors were stunningly efficient on play-calls, especially ATOs.
League history shows it matters not who draws up plays but whether the plays work. That is, unless the head coach believes it matters.
It clearly does to Kerr.