It’s time to play “Name that Assistant!” And unless you’re an immensely knowledgeable NBA assistant coach savant, you’re going to struggle with this one. On Thursday, news came out that the Golden State Warriors had hired Bob Beyer as an assistant coach.
One thing we do know is that he’ll be replacing the departed Wes Unseld, Jr., who hopped a plane to Orlando in July to work with new Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn. And that pretty much concludes the list of things we know about Beyer.
A quick look through his resume shows that he actually last worked in Orlando with Stan Van Gundy—you know, the guy Dwight Howard embarrassed and childishly ran out of town before skating out of Orlando, himself.
From that tidbit of information, it’s reasonable to assume Beyer cares a little bit about defense and playing “the right way,” since that’s pretty much Van Gundy’s M.O.
That’s a good thing, and hopefully he’ll fit well with resident Warriors defensive guru, Mike Malone—who thankfully didn’t win the jobs in Portland, Charlotte or Orlando.
Beyer also did stints with Bob Knight (yes, that Bob Knight) for a couple years with Texas Tech from 2001-03. Say what you want about Knight’s temper and ridiculous antics, but that man won the second-most college games ever (902), along with three NCAA championships. If Beyer picked anything up from Knight—not including chair throwing—that’ll bode well for the Warriors staff and head coach Mark Jackson, who’s coached about five percent as many games as Knight did.
Hopefully, Beyer’s not too impressive, though. If he is, I’ll have to start calling for him to replace Jackson. And we all know that’s what I like to do for Mike Malone. It’ll be a real conflict for me.
Anyway, summation: new assistant coach hired. Let’s start training camp, shall we?