Steve Kerr On Modern NBA: ‘Guys Don’t Box Out’

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Steve Kerr spoke out against the lack of rebounding ability in the modern NBA following the Golden State Warriors’ 126-114 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Warriors were outrebounded 57-34 in the loss.

“This is the modern NBA; guys don’t box out. It’s just the way it is. Every night on League Pass, I see the same thing. Players let guys come in from the weak side, and they think, ‘I’ll just get the rebound.’ It’s a disease that’s rampant in the NBA,” said Kerr after the game.

Kerr added that the lack of rebounding detail is a result of how “most of these guys didn’t have a high school and college coach yelling at them for a combined eight straight year.”

Kerr continued, saying that modern players also aren’t doing the “little things” on the court.

“Players have never had more skill than they have today in my mind. I’m amazed by the skill level. But the little things, getting back in transition — every night on TV, I see teams let a guy run past them in transition for a layup. We do it; every team does it. If you did that 25 years ago, your coach would take you out and he wouldn’t play you again. Now everybody does it, and as a coach, you can’t take everybody out,” said Kerr.

Steph Curry added that there is a difference between drilling the rebounding fundamentals in practice and executing them during games.

“Everybody has a different upbringing in the game. When I was at Davidson, we literally drilled that before, during and after every practice. It’s part of just learning the fundamentals of the game — at this level, maybe it’s taken for granted, I guess that everybody has a certain understanding, angles and physicality and what not, but you have to be able to do it.”