Warriors players run huddle during rout of Suns

Head coach Steve Kerr allowed various players run timeouts during large stretches, recalling the player psychology tactics of Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson.

Kahron Spearman

Finding new ways to challenge a dominant team, especially an overwhelming favorite to go back-to-back as NBA champions, can sometimes require you to step away and hear new voices.

That's what Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr did during their 129-83 blowout win over the Phoenix Suns.

During numerous timeouts, he and the coaching staff stood to the side and allowed the team to essentially coach themselves, which the likes of Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala took turns drawing plays.

It's their team. They have to take ownership of it. As coaches our job is to nudge them, guide them, we don't control them. They determine their own fate. I don't feel we've focused well at all the last month and it just seemed like the right thing to do.

Steve Kerr
Head coach, Golden State Warriors

This has been seen before, especially with Phil Jackson and the Bulls and more recently with Gregg Popovich and the Spurs. These were coaches with teams who were occasionally hungover on success and needed jolts.

However, this was unique in that it occurred in large swaths of the game - which Suns forward Jared Dudley took exception to, feeling it was disrespectful.

No word on whether Dudley believes the team's lackluster performance and effort against the Warriors could be perceived as disrespectful. Or perhaps in the game five days ago, when they were once down 100-50 to the San Antonio Spurs.