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They're the hottest team in the NBA, with a record (19-2) that exceeds rational forecast or reasonable expectation.
And while the Warriors have spent a disproportionate amount of time away from Oracle Arena, the travel demands have been cushioned by a schedule featuring a succession of inferior teams.
We take this into account as the Warriors conclude the first quarter of the 2014-15 season under rookie coach Steve Kerr. Here is the report card for Kerr and his coordinating staff:
Head coach Steve Kerr: A
Shortly upon taking the job in May, Kerr immediately recognized three things. First, that he would inherit a talented young team. Second, there was no need for major change. And, third, he was entering a wide wake left by former coach Mark Jackson.
So Kerr made a series of smart, skillful moves before training camp. He engaged each player, individually, explaining his predicament as a first-time coach and his overall vision. He was humble and likeable and, above all, credible.
It's paying off. The players are buying in. Though there have been some uneven performances, it's easy to see what's taking place. Kerr demands more ball movement and usually gets it. The players see the benefit, so they do it.
Kerr also has been very clever in his handling of questions about the talent and his predecessor, reminding anyone willing to listen that he is succeeding a coach who made tremendous strides with the Warriors.
Kerr is off to the best start of any coach who ever presided over an NBA sideline. He's swings a velvet hammer with his players, who are quick to say the mellow fellow who spars with the media has fire in his belly.
That, by the way, is a compliment.
Associate head coach Alvin Gentry: A-
Come to think of it, Kerr recognized more than three things upon taking the job. He knew he would need an experienced assistant to help implement the offense he planned to utilize -- an offensive coordinator of sorts.
He summoned his old friend Gentry, who coached under Kerr in Phoenix when Kerr was the general manager.
It has been a superb pairing. The Warriors offense is top five in most every meaningful statistical category. And voila, point guard Stephen Curry is an early MVP candidate. Point guard Steve Nash won two MVP awards with the Suns, operating Gentry's offense. See the pattern?
Gentry keeps things loose with humor while also maintaining respect. He is dinged here only because of the turnover bug, which while not as serious as it was in the opening weeks continues to hover over the team.
Ron Adams: A
Seeking to take a defense that had improved dramatically under Jackson to championship-caliber, Kerr called upon one of the league's leading defensive gurus.
In walked the bespectacled Adams and his laptop and laconic demeanor -- a certified nerd, only without the pocket protector. He’s the defensive coordinator.
Adams has spent individual time with every player, with particular emphasis on the guards and small forwards. He delivers instruction. He reveals patterns. He cites statistics. It's as if he's planting a chip programmed for defense into the brain of each player.
The numbers have been impressive. The Warriors have taken another leap on "D" and show no sign of letting up.