OAKLAND – In his opening act as a head coach Tuesday morning, Steve Kerr gathered the Warriors, said a few words, made a few points and then let the guys work up their first sweat of the season.
The team ran some non-contact drills, went through fundamentals and went over the differences in terminology from former coach Mark Jackson.
"It's pretty elementary stuff," Kerr said. "It's like the first day of school."
The Warriors will practice twice a day, once in the late morning and again in the late afternoon, through Thursday. The schedule will be reduced on Friday to mornings only leading up to the preseason opener next Tuesday against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
"We have a lot to learn," center Andrew Bogut said. "We have a whole new offensive system. We have some great coaches, like (top assistant) Alvin Gentry, offensive minds that are putting things in. We have to use these sessions not so much to kill ourselves but to make sure that we're listening and that we implement what the coaches are trying to teach."
Kerr is fortunate enough to make his coaching debut with a team on the verge of contending for a championship. The Warriors return their starting five, led by All-Star point guard Stephen Curry, and three key reserves.
No overhaul is necessary, just a little fine-tuning.
"These guys are already really good, 51 wins last year," Kerr said. "All we're trying to do is help them get even better.
"Continuity that's already here is crucial. Basketball is all about how the pieces fit. And the pieces already fit pretty well here. It's about continuing to take the next step and trying to get better."
While Curry was pleased with the morning session of Day 1, calling it a "great first session," Bogut took a more measured view, as one might expect of a grizzled 10th-year veteran.
"Every team in the league, after the first day, it's positive," he said. "What will be the test for us is when some (garbage) hits the fan, how we respond. How players respond to coach, and how the coaches respond to us.
"But I don't see it being a problem."