Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr took a not-so-subtle jab at the Houston Rockets while expressing optimism that his team will soon return to its high-scoring ways following an injury-riddled 2019-20 campaign.
"I've spoken with both (Stephen Curry and Draymond Green) on the phone and I think they have a pretty good feel for what we're trying to do," Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on "The TK Show" podcast. "We're not reinventing the wheel, but we have a very different (set of) personnel around those guys.
"We're still going to be the Warriors. We're not going to all of a sudden turn into the Rockets and change our offense and have one guy go high pick-and-roll 70 times a game."
Kerr's dig at the Rockets' offensive reliance on James Harden is especially poignant given the two squads' recent playoff rivalry; Golden State has eliminated Houston in four of the last six postseasons.
When Kawakami frivolously suggested the Warriors coach deploy more isolation plays and pick-and-rolls, Kerr laughed off the idea while touting the unique qualities of Golden State's offense when its top stars - Curry, Green, and Klay Thompson - are all fully healthy.
"I think I would resign first," he joked. "We got to be ourselves. And what makes Steph and Klay the players they are is the combination of what they can do on and off (the) ball. That's what moves defenses.
"And what makes Draymond special is his ability to distribute from either the 4 or the 5 spot. To have playmaking at that level - really as you watch (the) Miami (Heat) right now you can see the influence that our team has had on the league. A number of facilitators like Bam (Adebayo), I think Draymond has had a lot to do with that."