OAKLAND — The plan seemed so perfect. After spending all of last week in China, Warriors coach Steve Kerr thought he had found the correct remedy for shaking off jet lag.
After having a day off on Monday, Kerr planned to hold a practice on Tuesday where his players would scrimmage each other in a full-court game. As they would sweat out their competitive juices, they would also sweat out their jet lag.
As Kerr finalized practice plans in his office, though, Warriors assistant Ron Adams voiced some concerns.
“You were a player, so you understand this better than I do…,” Adams began, in deference to Kerr’s former NBA playing career. “We should not scrimmage. The guys are walking around like zombies.”
He then shared why he did not think it would be a good idea for the Warriors to begin their first practice since returning to China playing in a full-court five-on-five scrimmage.
“My fear that day was simply that our heads weren’t right,” Adams recalled after practice on Thursday. “My head wasn’t right. Everyone else’s heads were spinning, too. When you scrimmage and that’s the case, I always worry about injury.”
Kerr agreed. So he changed his plans. As the Warriors labored through even a light practice, Kerr eventually canceled it and encouraged his players to hydrate themselves and relax.
“That’s the genius of Steve,” Adams said. “He’s eclectic. He listens. And he thinks things through well.”
And the episode provides a tiny window on why the Warriors have revered Adams so much. The NBA has, too. In an NBA.com poll, a 21.1 percent plurality of the league’s general managers voted Adams as the NBA’s best assistant coach.
“He’s a great teacher,” Kerr said. “But more than anything, he’s a wonderful person who all of us enjoy being around.”
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Source:: The Mercury News