With the Western Conference Finals over, it’s time for newly hired Golden State Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr to get to work.
One of the first things for him to do will be to find himself some assistant coaches. Kerr has said that he wants assistants with previous head coach experience on the bench, so the names that are being reported now are no surprise.
Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday that the Warriors are looking at former Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin for an assistant position. Friday, Spears also conveyed the Warriors’ interest in former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins as an associate head coach.
Getting even one of those two won’t be easy, though. The Rockets and Kings have also shown interest in Corbin as an assistant, and Hollins is one of the top commodities on the market for a head coaching position. According to Spears, the Jazz, Cavaliers, Lakers, and Timberwolves have all shown interest in Hollins to take over the team.
Both Corbin and Hollins have had some success as head coaches. Corbin coached the Jazz from 2010-2014 before being let go after last season. The Jazz had a record of 112-146 during his tenure, and made the playoffs once. Meanwhile, Hollins led the Grizzlies to the Conference Finals in 2013 before being fired due to disagreements with management. He has a career record of 214-201, and increased the Grizzlies’ win percentage in each of the five seasons he spent as their head coach.
Obviously, hiring some assistants with experience to help Kerr during his first NBA season would do wonders. The Warriors have their man in Kerr; now they must surround him with the right pieces to help him succeed.