Former Chicago Bulls player and current GSW coach Steve Kerr doesn’t seem to be happy with the lack of fundamentals in today’s players when it comes to box-outs. Steve Kerr expressed his displeasure following Warriors’ 126-114 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.
Warriors were out rebounded 57-34 and Kerr was far from impressed.
He expressed his displeasure to ESPN. “This is the modern NBA, guys don’t box out. It’s just the way it is,” he said.
After their loss on Thursday, the Warriors’ win percentage fell below 0.50. It seems their playoff chances are now slipping away.
“Every night on League Pass, I see the same thing. Players let guys come in from the weak side, and then they think, ‘I’ll just get the rebound.’ It’s a disease that’s rampant in the NBA,” Kerr said.
“The problem is, if you’re a real small team like us, then it’s going to hurt you more than it will hurt other teams.”
The Warriors are known for their ‘small ball’ playing style. However, during their championship days, they used to be one of the best defensive teams in the league.
“Most of these guys didn’t have a high school and college coach yelling at them for a combined eight straight years,” Kerr added.
“It’s a different world today. And players grow up in a different way in terms of their basketball background. The detail is often the thing that is lacking.”
Kerr’s comments may come off as hateful, but he has made it clear that this problem isn’t skill-related at all.
He praised modern-day NBA saying that today’s players are more skilled than ever before. However, it seems like somewhere in the process, fundamentals have been sacrificed.
Do you agree with Steve Kerr’s comments? Do the players in today’s NBA lack fundamentals? Let us know in the comments!