In case Klay Thompson ends up becoming that big extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, he must consider giving a portion of it to new Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, whose opened-up offense has been generating nothing but quality seems for its shooting guard throughout the preseason.
Thompson can keep the majority of the cash; the huge majority of his advancement has to do with killer confidence and a perfect release. We can not charge Kerr for all those items.
What’s happening with Thompson is a symptom of a bigger shift in Golden State–one which is giving rise to the hope that last year’s 51-win campaign was only the start.
B/R’s Howard Beck chronicled the difficulties with former head coach Mark Jackson’s plan of attack:”The crime too often stalled and stagnated, leading to muddled isolation plays and contested jumpers. There was little motion or dynamism, and small awareness of cohesion.”
Already one of the league’s top defensive outfits (the Warriors rated third in defensive performance last year),” Kerr’s club is currently moving the ball superbly on crime. Andrew Bogut and David Lee, fantastic passers both, are currently hubs of this assault, and Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala et al. are feasting on cuts, flares and brush displays.
All this, and Kerr has just had a few months to install the basics of his admittedly complex plot.
If Golden State gets beyond the turnovers that hurt it last season and continued to crop up throughout the preseason, it is the group with the best shot to take one of the West’s top 3 places from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers or even San Antonio Spurs.
If this happens, Thompson won’t be lonely in due a debt to Kerr. Fans across the Bay Area will be right there with him.
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