Warriors’ Steve Kerr wants Andrew Bogut more involved with new triangle elements of offense

Andrew Bogut was “definitely” impressed by new coach Steve Kerr, who flew to Australia to meet in person, the Warriors center told SportSentral radio Tuesday.

Bogut wants to get more involved on offense, and Kerr showed him how it could be done within a new system that the rookie coach has said would include elements of the triangle.

“He actually brought an iPad along to lunch and showed me actually clips of Luc Longley playing that similar type role, triangle-facilitator type of role and wanted me to be a bit more aggressive offensively and run through me a little more, so that’s always good to hear,” Bogut told the station.

Longley, the first Australian to play in the NBA, was the center while Kerr played guard on the Chicago Bulls teams that won championships in 1996-98.

Bogut after a season in which he averaged 7.3 points and 10 rebounds tweeted he was “excited” to have Kerr come to visit, and the coach left a good impression.

“Just a normal bloke, to be honest,” Bogut said. “He doesn’t think he’s higher or lower than anybody else. I’d say you can sit there and have beers and talk like you’ve known him for years.”

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  • 510 Sports

    Bogut definitely has the skill set to have some offense run through him on the post.

  • Twinkie defense

    Bogut is a great passing big man, shame not to have been using those skills, like the Chris Webber Kings were utilizing Vlade Divac.

  • benbrung

    If Jackson had dealt with the ball movement problem, I’m convinced he would still be the head coach regardless of whatever his other problems were.

    There are few teams in the league who possess the W’s willingness and ability to move the ball. Though the use of analytics has long suggested the coming era of wide-spread ball movement and outside shooting in the NBA, the Spurs have left no doubt that the future has arrived (or more accurately, the past has returned, since this is how everyone played before the push to showcase potential individual superstars). What a waste to have this Warriors team – ideally constructed for the future – playing an offense of the past.

    I think as a point guard from an NBA era when individual creators reigned as kings, Jackson depends on individual offensive creation through deeply-rooted and stubbornly-held beliefs. It was becoming pretty clear that he wasn’t going to budge as the game passed him by. He has a little time before his sell-by date, though, as there are still a few teams who think Carmelo is the answer they are looking for. Spoiler Alert: he’s not.

  • BananaSpartan

    Very good post. This is the primary reason I feel that Jackson needed to be fired (and I was also concerned with the team tighening up at the end of games, such as 2013 playoff Game 6 vs. Denver and Game 1 at San Antonio).
    Good teams find good players and coaches. Championship teams know when to let go of players and coaches and find better ones. The Warriors are very, very close, IMO, to being a championship caliber team. After the 2014 season, I felt they needed a different head coach and ideally would trade David Lee. So far, they’ve hired a different head coach. Let’s see if David Lee’s dealt or if Kerr wants to change his role (maybe come off the bench).

  • rio kid

    I agree on the carmelo thing and frankly I have to agree with you on Jackson and the offense. I hope Kerr can get it done.

  • rio kid

    Yes I completely agree…I know nothing about the triangle but if it involves getting the ball to bogut in a position to pass the ball I like it. I like Lee as a player. I like his hands, rebounding and energy with both hands near the bucket. He has lost his mid range and defensively he kind of sucks.