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Kerr calls shootaround, details the concepts Warriors need to get in order

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Kerr calls shootaround, details the concepts Warriors need to get in order

The Warriors practiced on Wednesday night in San Antonio and weren't going to have a shootaround before facing the Spurs.

But plans changed and Steve Kerr decided to get his team in the gym on Thursday morning.

"Early in the season, we're still gonna have some shootarounds," Kerr told reporters. "Normally, with a two-hour time change, we let the guys sleep in; we have an optional shootaround, but I still feel like we need a little work."

So what did the Warriors focus on at shootaround?

"A lot of concepts. Our offense is obviously free-flowing and we don't always play out of sets, but we play out of concepts and we need to get our concepts in order," Kerr answered. "Drive and kick -- drive and kick against the Clippers was great; our best game of the year. But it's worth going over in terms of drill work and conceptually talking about what we're trying to do.

"Among other situations as well -- some late-game execution stuff, 3-point defense, specialty stuff that maybe we haven't had much time to go over."

The Warriors scored a season-high 141 points against the Clippers, while racking up a season-high 37 assists.

But as always, Kerr stressed the other end of the floor.

"If we don't play defense, we're just in a pickup game," Kerr said. "Our whole identity is built on our defense, more than our offense. The defense is what sets up the transition and what sets up the flow and the pace we like to play with."

The Warriors are currently 25th in defensive rating (108.3) and 21st in 3-point defense (37.7 percent).

Kerr can't be happy about that.

He also isn't happy with the result of Game 7 of the World Series.

"It's been 29 years since my team won. Helluva season, though. It was fun to watch. Last night was frustrating. A lot of guys left on base.

"But who cares about my baseball opinion. Why are you guys asking me about the Dodgers?"

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

 

Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

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Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the 76ers led the Warriors by 24 points early in the third quarter.

With about five minutes left in the game, Golden State led the game 115-97.

It was an incredible turn of events.

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown was asked about the 76ers during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"They're gonna be good. Right now, they're just kind of finding their way," Brown said. "The thing that I think our guys really like most about that group is -- they don't back down from anybody. They're confident in their abilities, they're confident in their team and they kind of let you know it.

"They talk about it during the course of a game. Our most vocal guy, Draymond, is like that and usually when Draymond shows respect to guys, the rest of our team follows."

Said Steph Curry: "They're on the right path. Waiting on Markelle to get back, and put all the puzzle pieces together but I'm sure they're ready to turn the page from building to actually cementing their idenity and how they're gonna be. I'm pretty sure they're close. They play an exciting brand of basketball. In the first half they showed if you're not ready to play, they can come out and do some amazing things."

[RELATED: Joel Embiid 'likes' Kevin Durant's postgame comments]

Kevin Durant on Ben Simmons: "Something I've never seen before as really playing the point guard at that height and that speed and that strength. You can tell he's an Aussie, too, because he doesn't mind getting into some scuffles or showing his little fiesty side. That's gonna mean well for the Sixers down the line ... all the amazing pieces that they have here ... they're gonna be a load coming up this year, next year, year after that."

Also -- Joel Embiid is hilarious and the world is a better place because of him.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors GM Bob Myers has zero tolerance for two things

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Warriors GM Bob Myers has zero tolerance for two things

Warriors general manager Bob Myers traveled to the East Coast for the team's current road trip.

With Golden State playing in Brooklyn on Sunday, Myers joined "The Woj Pod" for a conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

One question from Woj: "What do you have no tolerance for? Is there something that you've just said, 'I will not allow that.'" 

Myers' response: "There's a couple things I don't like. I don't like arrogance and I don't like selfish -- people that think they're more than the whole team. One thing I've heard about San Antonio -- that I think is true -- they tell their players, or anybody that works there, that you have to get over yourself. And I think that's great. It's not about one person. And when it ever does become about one person, I think that everyone suffers.

"The team is the most important thing. You're a part of that -- whatever part you play in our team is to serve the team and the goals and to win. And when that happens, you'll get your own individual accolades, or whatever you're hoping to obtain. But when I see someone that tries to step outside of that a little bit and says, 'What about me?' Whether it's deflecting blame or having credit, I just don't like that.

"I just don't subscribe to one person doing anything by themselves. It's not true."

The Warriors' general manager must be referring to arrogance off the court, because Steve Kerr has repeatedly said that Steph Curry is "incredibly arrogant on the floor and humble off the court."

We deserve some clarification Mr. Myers... (kidding, of course).

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller