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Steve Kerr has high expectations this season.
Steve Kerr is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors after the Dubs brass decided to move in a different direction from former coach Mark Jackson. However, Coach Kerr is in the exact same boat as Jackson by starting his career with no head coaching experience.
Kerr is an extremely bright person with a very high basketball IQ. He has also played for and won NBA titles with two of the greatest all-time coaches, Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich.
He also has the experience of seeing a basketball operation run as the general manager of the Phoenix Suns from 2007-2010.
Kerr got a taste of being an NBA head coach by coaching the Las Vegas Summer League team to a 2-3 record, but he only had two returning roster players on his squad, Nemanja Nedovic and Ognjen Kuzmic.
The biggest hurdle that Kerr will face will be the successful implementation of his open-style offense (with triangle pieces included) without losing too much on the defensive end.
The talent on the roster is there to repeat a 50-plus-win season, but Kerr will have to grow as a coach, learn from his mistakes on the fly and solve problems he has never encountered.
I expect Coach Kerr to be more productive than his predecessor, because he won't limit the offense to the same standard plays like an overused isolation. He has a fresher and more open offense that should really maximize opportunities, especially if it is executed correctly.
The young team has another year of experience under its belt, and it should continue to grow. Barring significant injuries, this team will be a true challenger come playoff time.