Posted by Matt Moore
Thursday we mentioned how Larry Riley was looking for a coach with better defensive principles, and we questioned how that was going to happen, given their personnel. Turns out, Riley turned around and acknowledged that there were going to be personnel changes. Defense has to be brought in, and the time is now.
In what hinted at a major change in philosophy, Riley noted that all of the potential additions have to be better defenders. He even seemed open to slowing his preferred uptempo style offense.via Housecleaning ongoing for Warriors GM Riley.
"That doesn't mean I have to go get a defensive guru to coach," Riley said. "Our defense has to improve, but that's not necessarily the model for the coach. ...
"We do like the uptempo game, because the roster is geared that way. That could change, if we change the roster as well as the coach."
So the objective then is to try and build a transition roster that doesn't clash with the uptempo pieces they have in place but can also play defense. That's a tough, but not impossible order. Fast-pace teams tend to give up more points and offensive rebounds by way of the system. But a team like Indiana is a good example of a team with young, athletic talent who play solid defense and have the fifth highest pace. And we saw what kind of promising future they've got in their first-round series against Chicago, albeit a brief one.
If the Warriors want to put the pointless speed years behind them and move towards a more-balanced, while still fast future, making these kinds of adoptions are a great way to start. The only question is what they'll have to give up to start adding those types of players.