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Kerr and his philosophy sets the culture and tone for GSW. I think any thought that GSW would be fine if Kerr left and that team would roll on is incorrect. People can quote data all they want, but Kerr is a huge intangible, whether he’s on the sideline or talking to the coaches before and after games. GSW was a first round playoff team, barely getting to the 2nd round with Mark Jackson as coach. Jackson was fired, Kerr took over and won the NBA championship. That was with basically the same team with stars Curry, Thompson and Green.A lot more changed than just Kerr, though. Two of the reasons Lacob fired Jackson was because Jackson refused to upgrade his assistants, and Jackson didn’t have a good relationship with the rest of the organization. Kerr in contrast allowed Lacob‘s money to help him assemble a great coaching staff, including defensive guru Ron Adams, who is still around and helps a lot. Of the original staff assembled, Luke Walton and Alvin Gentry have left to become head coaches to give people an idea of how amazing that staff was. Also, GSW’s staff works extensively with their top-of-the-line analytics department to implement strategy. Something that Mark Jackson would not have done. It’s really an organizational success, not just one person.

I do think Kerr deserves credit and has performed like a top-10 coach — afterall, GSW hired him so he must be good — but I also think GSW would be fine if he left. As an organization, GSW is smart enough to hire another very good coach (including possibly just promoting from within) to steer the ship.

A lot more changed than just Kerr, though. Two of the reasons Lacob fired Jackson was because Jackson refused to upgrade his assistants, and Jackson didn’t have a good relationship with the rest of the organization. Kerr in contrast allowed Lacob‘s money to help him assemble a great coaching staff, including defensive guru Ron Adams, who is still around and helps a lot. Of the original staff assembled, Luke Walton and Alvin Gentry have left to become head coaches to give people an idea of how amazing that staff was. Also, GSW’s staff works extensively with their top-of-the-line analytics department to implement strategy. Something that Mark Jackson would not have done. It’s really an organizational success, not just one person.

I do think Kerr deserves credit and has performed like a top-10 coach — afterall, GSW hired him so he must be good — but I also think GSW would be fine if he left. As an organization, GSW is smart enough to hire another very good coach (including possibly just promoting from within) to steer the ship.I acknowledge your points and agree with many of them, but I guess we have to agree to disagree on Kerr specifically. I actually never liked Kerr as a player at Arizona, as I disliked the Wildcats in the late 80s/early 90s due to the Duke/AZ games at the time. I’ve softened on him over the years, particularly because I found him to be a solid announcer. And now I think he’s one of the best in the league. Besides the basics, I think he does set the tone and culture working with ownership and the front office. The players seem to respect him greatly, even Green who can be a loose cannon at times. Coaches and players are never truly plug-and-play. Bring in, say, Phil Jackson or Pat Riley or another "great" coach, and despite their coaching chops there’s no guarantee that the coach works well in the GSW ecosystem. I think there’s such a thing as the right man at the right time. I think Kerr is that guy.

Anyway, this string is about our guy Cook. He was serviceable last night. He didn’t hunt his shot so much, but that’s not the game plan in the playoffs. His points all came when GSW had pulled away. 18 minutes in a (mostly) non-rout playoff game still says the staff trusts him on the floor, and his +/- of +3 isn’t as worse than it seems – he was on the floor at true garbage time with 1 minute left, and the Spurs outscored the Warriors by at least 4. But still compared to the others who played more minutes, it wasn’t quite in the same ballpark. His D really is what I think he should work on over the summer. In any case, so far I’d give him a B in his first playoffs.

It is kind of sad for Casspi once again. The guy leads the league in games played without ever getting to play in the playoffs. And he’s 5th all time in that ignominious category. Here comes Cook, a 2-way player with a few games under his belt. And bang, he’s in the playoffs. If it was Cousins (2nd most active in this category), I wouldn’t shed a tear. But Casspi seems like a good guy who got snakebit this season.