The Golden State Warriors have become one of the most famous basketball teams in professional sports history largely on the strength of their offense, which revolves around strategic passing, team-oriented play and plenty of outside shots.

Recently, NBA Hall-of-Famer Isiah Thomas shared his thoughts on the Warriors offense with Golden State star Draymond Green, including a surprising take on the original starting point of Coach Steve Kerr’s system.

The information was shared in an article by The Daily Hoosier, the student newspaper at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.

“The offense that you run, I played for the guy who invented it,” Thomas said on The Draymond Green Show. “His name was Bob Knight. I won championships at Indiana University as a student under Bob Knight.”

Knight passed away on November 1, 2023 at the age of 83 which led to a heartbroken reaction from Thomas.

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Kerr exacted a surprising makeover on the Warriors’ offense when he arrived in 2014. The Warriors were known as a pick-and-roll and isolation team at the time because of the presence of talented iso players like Monta Ellis, Baron Davis and others.

The changes implemented included a focus on passing the ball and player movement rather than the iso, one-on-one style popularized by players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony.

According to Green, Warriors players were originally not fond of the changes Kerr attempted to make. They adjusted and went on to win four titles in a decade’s time, becoming one of the most iconic offensive teams in NBA history led by the ‘Splash Brothers’ Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

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“When I got into the NBA, I had never ran a pick-and-roll in my life. I played the passing game in high school, I played the passing game in college,” Thomas told Green according to the Daily Hoosier.

“In terms of your style of play in Steve Kerr’s basketball philosophy, that passing game, read and react, move the basketball, set screens, that comes from coach Knight’s philosophy and how offensive basketball should be played,” Thomas also said.

Warriors Mentioned in Potential Kevin Durant Deal

 

The Dubs won two championships with former Texas Longhorns superstar Kevin Durant in town, and have struggled to replace his dynamite scoring, rebounding, and outside shooting ever since.

Recently, the Warriors were mentioned as a potential offseason landing spot for Durant, who currently plays with the Phoenix Suns.

The proposed deal would send Chris Paul, Jonathan Kuminga, Brandin Podziemski, Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II along with two first round picks out as part of a three-team deal that would bring Durant and former first round pick Jett Howard from the Orlando Magic in San Francisco.

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While such a deal appears unlikely, the possibility has been raised that the Warriors and Coach Kerr may have been playing possum this offseason with talk of their dynasty’s impending doom, and could be preparing to unleash a blockbuster deal sometime this offseason in hopes of making another run at a fifth NBA championship with Kerr at the controls.