The Golden State Warriors' to-do list is just getting started. Landing new head coach Steve Kerr may sound like a successful offseason has already been completed, but now the hard work begins, according to Warriors center Andrew Bogut.
In his blog, Bogut recently wrote:
Generally if you look at the teams battling it out in the Conference Finals you can see that they have been together for five or six years and this is what we are striving for.
It won't be easy though as the Western Conference is so deep and we are starting off behind the eight ball heading into training camp with Steve Kerr coming in as coach as we will have to learn a new system as quickly as possible.
Bogut also noted that he'd "already spoken with Steve Kerr" and was interested "to see how we wants to run things and what changes he would like to make."
The rest of the world is interested in seeing what happens, too. So far, we've only a few clues as to what Kerr's regime will look like. Kerr himself explained to the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami that his offense "will be influenced by the Triangle but it will not look like the Bulls of the '90s."
Kerr continued, saying:
The game has changed and I think my philosophy would reflect that. For instance, I would be crazy to do away with screen and roll with Steph—he's devastating in it. We'll do plenty of that. But we have the opportunity to make some strides offensively and I think that will be reflected in my influences—which have been Popovich and Phil and Lenny Wilkens...
Whatever Kerr's system looks like, there's little doubt it will require adjustment from the roster itself. After three years of working with Mark Jackson, any new coach would have meant a departure from business as usual.
Beyond the expected learning curve, it will also take Kerr some time to grow accustomed to his new gig. In addition to learning the coaching ropes in general, he'll have to develop some locker room chemistry with his new troops.
"Like any rookie headmaster, Kerr will face some growing pains in Golden State," writes SB Nation's Jason Patt. "And because of the talent in place, there will be pressure to win now. But if Kerr's preparation is all it's cracked up to be, he remains flexible with his coaching and can get his new players to buy in, there's little reason not to expect plenty of success."
Reasons for optimism aside, Bogut undoubtedly speaks for his teammates in expressing an eagerness to see how things go. This team's patience level can't be especially high after losing a tightly contested, first-round series to the Los Angeles Clippers. That series went seven games and showed just how close these Warriors are to contending.
The organization is hoping Kerr will be the difference. So is Andrew Bogut.
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