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.”