By David Henderson
The 15 minutes between the end of the second quarter and start of the third are a carefully choreographed production, featuring clips of game footage, wardrobe changes and managerial strategies straight out of business school. Coach Steve Kerr, based on interviews with players and coaches, has worked to create an environment of inclusion. This is not a place for Lombardi-esque rah-rah speeches. Rather, the Warriors’ halftime locker room is a high-speed 360-degree team review.
This is from Marc Stein and Scott Cacciola, “Why Do the Warriors Dominate the 3rd Quarter? Consider Their Halftime Drill,” New York Times, May 31, 2018.
The whole thing is well worth reading. While reading it, I wondered how they got all that in in under 15 minutes of half time. I was shocked when I read on and found out that they actually do it in 8 or 9 minutes:
Perhaps the most amazing feature of the Warriors’ halftime routine is its brevity. Kerr tries to wrap up his whole spiel with about seven minutes showing on the clock — six minutes at the latest. He knows the players want to get back on the court to take some warm-up shots. He also probably knows there is only so much he can say.