When Steve Kerr was hired as the Golden State Warriors’ head coach, he made it clear that he wanted to surround himself with experienced, talented assistants to guide him through his first season at the helm.
Now, we know that he’s wasn’t just talking.
Kerr, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, is pursuing Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt to join the Warriors’ coaching staff as an assistant. In fact, Kerr and Blatt met today to discuss Blatt taking over the Warriors’ top assistant coaching job.
Blatt, one of the most successful coaches in European basketball history, spent 13 seasons playing in Europe and the last 21 years coaching. He won the Euroleague championship this past season with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and has won the Israeli League Coach of the Year award three times. Blatt also coached the Russia national team during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, leading them to a bronze medal.
According to the report, Blatt is intrigued by managing the Warriors’ high-octane offense, hoping that it can springboard him to a head coaching job in the NBA. He has turned down offers to become an assistant in the league in the past, but perhaps will make an exception for the Warriors.
Although they have yet to make a hire, Golden State has been dabbing in the market for assistants. Previous reports have connected them to names such as Tyrone Corbin, Lionel Hollins, and Alvin Gentry.