“Know thyself” are words of wisdom said by somebody some time ago.
Okay, I looked it up. That tidbit of wisdom is attributed to Socrates, who was made famous in the movie “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” of course. Everybody knows that.
But seriously, the Golden State Warriors have undoubtedly heard the saying as well. Coach Steve Kerr is still trying to get a handle on what his team’s persona on the court will be, according to Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area.
That’s a bit alarming to hear from any coach 12 games into an NBA season, but not altogether uncommon. And in this case, Kerr is correct, as the Warriors new group of players have compiled a 6-6 record that has been anything but even keel.
Golden State’s quality of play has taken wild swings, from terrible to spectacular. For instance: Star guard Stephen Curry has already had a career high in scoring, with 62 points against the Blazers, and a career-worst shooting night, when he went 2-for-16 from the field for just 11 points against the Raptors, including one 3-pointer in 10 attempts.
Kerr is still playing with his bench unit and rotations, too. And new starting wing Kelly Oubre Jr. is struggling mightily. Rookie James Wiseman, while amazing in spots, is 19 years old, and Kerr is learning how to get the best out of him in the long- and short-term.
So what will the Warriors’ identity be?
It has to revolve around Curry, that’s for sure. But ideally, the squad can get quality, consistent play from Curry by building their identity around defense.
That’s what Kerr’s targeted all along, and that should continue to be the focus. Quality defense, led by Draymond Green, which will lead to quality offense, led by Curry. That’s Warriors basketball. Kerr is still looking for that, and if Golden State is to make the playoffs, he had better see it soon.
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