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Brian Scalabrine says Warriors’ coaching staff will be ‘better,’ players ‘better organized’ under Steve Kerr

Former Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine thinks Golden State will have a better coaching staff this season compared to the one he was a part of under former boss Mark Jackson.

Asked on Sirius XM how the Warriors might have improved in the offseason, Scalabrine pointed to new coach Steve Kerr’s staff.

“Probably you’ll have to say that they probably got a better coaching staff,” Scalabrine, who was reassigned in March to the Santa Cruz Warriors’ staff, told the station Wednesday. “And I was a part of that staff (last season). But at the end of the day, if you think about adding Steve Kerr and the three guys…Ron Adams, who was in Chicago when we were there, he’s a great coach. Alvin Gentry, who’s one of the best offensive coaches in the NBA.

“Steve Kerr has put together a great staff and if they could just be better organized…If you think, the Warriors were last in the NBA in turnovers. They turned the ball over more than anybody else in the NBA, but they were third in the NBA in defense. A lot of that had to do with the defensive coach, Darren Erman, being there. I mean just completely taken to defense, studying the film and getting guys in the right position. But if they can just piggyback off of that, not be 30th in the NBA in turnovers (they finished 27th in regular-season turnovers per game), be 10th, you know, take care of the ball, with those offensive weapons in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson…”

Scalabrine cited philosophical differences with Jackson for his reassignment and said despite it all that Warriors ownership offered an opportunity to interview for a position after Kerr’s hiring, he told a Boston radio station Tuesday.

Ultimately, Scalabrine chose to go back to the broadcast booth and call Boston Celtics games for Comcast SportsNet New England.

Still, he has high hopes for his former team after keeping up with Kerr and his staff’s progress at NBA Summer League.

“If the Warriors could somehow take care of the basketball…get five to seven more attempts up as opposed to turning the ball over, which allows the easy bucket on the other end, if they can take care of the basketball, which I think they will because they’ll be better organized, then I think that they’re a team that can beat the San Antonio Spurs.”

Diamond Leung

  • benbrung

    Beat the Spurs? Talk about burying the lede . . . that’s a pretty bold statement in the last sentence of the article. I suppose it could at least be partially dismissed due to possible sentimental attachment or a dig @ Jackson, but it provides nice food for thought coming from a former W’s assistant.

  • benbrung

    Beat the Spurs? Talk about burying the lede . . . that’s a pretty bold statement in the last sentence of the article. I suppose it could at least be partially dismissed due to possible sentimental attachment or a dig @ Jackson, but it provides nice food for thought coming from a former W’s assistant.

  • thewarriorsrule

    good article. i agree with scalabrine.

  • thewarriorsrule

    why not? they took the spurs to 6 games year before last. i definitely think with a better coaching staff its possible.

  • gtogo

    Wasn’t a “dig” at Mark Jackson at all. It’s the truth. Jackson was simply unprepared and many regards, incapable. Automatic upgrade with the coaching staff.

  • benbrung

    Spurs were on another planet last year but I agree that it’s possible.

  • benbrung

    It could be true and also possibly meant as a dig at Jackson. The only reason Scalabrine is getting much press for this is because he calls last year’s staff disorganized when most other former assistants would have bitten their tongue regardless of the truth.

  • gtogo

    I feel ya. But it’s not “It could be true…” It’s fact. It IS true. When it’s fact, it’s not a dig. Especially in such a high profile position that is a head coach. Besides, Scalabrine tends to keep it real. I don’t see him holding back.

  • benbrung

    Although I happen to agree with concerns about Jackson’s coaching, I have a higher bar for factual information than simply feeling strongly about something.

  • Total Package

    I said it entire of last season… the team was winning despite Jackson not because of him. To me it was a completely wasted year. Bogut was criminally underused on offense and virtually had no plays for him the entire year unless it was an alley-oop after a time out, Iggy was no longer aggressive because he had no guidance as to what was required of him, we lost Kent Bazemore because Jackson was adamant he was a Point guard, not a shooting guard and drove his confidence into the ground.

    Jackson played favorites.. that was the rumour and it was obvious in the way Klay and Steph had a green light to shoot and keep shooting regardless of how bad it was going. There were games where we were down 20 because Klay kept jacking up 3′s at the start of games even though he had no form… and we’d have to dig ourselves out of it. That was Jackson’s doing because he kept telling Klay to keep shooting regardless.

    The entire team looked rudderless.