Chip Engelland is known as “the man behind the Spurs’ terrific shooting.”
He may soon be helping the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson instead. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Kerr is looking to poach the Spurs’ treasured assistant coach to come to his staff on the Golden State Warriors.
Engelland specializes in shooting, and is credited with the development of many players, including Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker of the Spurs. He has also worked with Grant Hill and Shane Battier, along with countless others since joining the NBA’s assistant coaching ranks in 1999. He has been with the Spurs since 2005, and since then, they have won two championships and four conference titles.
As with any other big name, it won’t be easy to lure in Engelland to Kerr’s staff. First, there’s the possibility that he remains in San Antonio, and if the Spurs win the title this year, there would be no reason for him to leave. Also, Stein reports that the Jazz are pursuing Engelland, who is bound to get more calls this offseason.
Kerr has been working the past few weeks on building his staff, although he has yet to make a hire. He met with famed Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt recently, and names such as Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins, and Tyrone Corbin have been connected to the Warriors.
Whatever Kerr’s staff looks like, it is more than likely that there will be a big name on it to help guide him through his first NBA season as a coach.