Suns Players Are Mad Steve Kerr Let Warriors Players Coach Themselves In Blowout

Bryan Brandom
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The Phoenix Suns are not good.

So bad is interim head coach Jay Triano’s squad, they needed a garbage-time (albeit beautiful) alley-oop to avoid a 50-point loss last week.

And so, with a win all but in hand heading into his Golden State Warriors’ matchup with Phoenix on Monday night, head coach Steve Kerr decided to let his players coach themselves, a decision he’d informed them of ahead of time.

In addition to Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, Stephen Curry and David West tried their hands at leading the huddle.

“It had to do with me trying to reach my team,” Kerr said after the game, according to the Mercury News. “I have not reached them for the last month. They’re tired of my voice. I’m tired of my voice.”

It apparently worked—the Warriors flattened the Suns 129-83 for their third straight win on the heels of a 1-3 stretch.

Kerr and Triano had a lengthy conversation following the game about the Warriors coach’s decision.

Triano later said he “didn’t have a problem” with Kerr’s choice, but multiple Suns found the tactic disrespectful. Guard Troy Daniels even threw a jab in at Kerr.

“It’s disrespectful,” Daniels said. “I don’t think it’s hard to coach those guys, though. So I think anybody can do it.”

Rising star Devin Booker, however, applauded Kerr’s decision to let his players coach themselves.

“You can look at it two ways: You can say anybody can coach that team, or you can say it’s a [good method],” Booker told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “I liked the move personally. If I was a coach, I’d do that throughout the year, so I wouldn’t even look at it as disrespectful.

“I’m sure people are going to say it’s disrespectful, but I think Steve is an easygoing guy who has that relationship with his guys. But if he didn’t have four All-Stars, I don’t think he’d be doing that.”