How Steve Kerr will approach Warriors’ rotation after Klay Thompson’s return

How Kerr will approach Warriors’ rotation after Klay’s return originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Warriors’ depth has been one of the keys to their dominant 29-7 start to the NBA season. Everyone from Steph Curry to Jordan Poole, Otto Porter Jr., and Gary Payton II has played a role in making Golden State the NBA’s best team through 36 games.

But the Warriors’ rotation is about to be shaken up with the return of Klay Thompson. The roster crunch created by reinjecting one of the greatest shooters of all time back into the lineup is the definition of a first-world NBA problem. Still, coach Steve Kerr has to figure out how to juggle the rotation once Thompson is back on the court.

“The bench guys, those who are either in the rotation or on the fringes of the rotation, that’s where the feel comes in,” Kerr told reporters Tuesday. “I learned a great lesson from Phil Jackson when I played for him. You just randomly throw a guy onto the floor before he can languish, and I know I’ve probably created some angst among our fans over the years by putting random guys into crunch time, but I totally believe it’s important not only for the player but for the team. What I learned from Phil is that when you do that, it keeps everybody engaged, but also guys are ready when their time does come, and inevitably their time comes.

“I think if a coach doesn’t prepare guys for their opportunity, then he isn’t doing his job.”

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With Thompson back, Poole will shift from the starting shooting guard to the sixth man, a role the third-year guard thrived in during Monday night’s win over the Miami Heat.

The Warriors are aware that some players’ minutes and roles will diminish, and that could lead to some angst in the locker room. It will be up to Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Thompson, and Curry to keep everyone on the same page.

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“You feel it,” Green said Monday about the impending rotation change. “There’s no idiots on this team, as you can see in our play. Guys understand what’s ahead. I think as a leader, there will be a time when you have to step in…

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