Ok, so Steve Kerr really is serious about surrounding himself with a strong assistant coaching staff.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Golden State Warriors are hoping to hire Alvin Gentry, David Blatt, and Chip Engelland to be Kerr’s assistants next season. The term “Big Three” has been used a lot in basketball to describe three superstars coming together on the same team, but this may be the first “Big Three” of assistant coaches.
Hiring just one of them would be a huge get for the Warriors, but all three would be incredible. Gentry has coached over 700 games in the NBA and took the Suns to the conference finals four years ago. He could provide a lot of experience and help Kerr learn the ropes. Blatt, who achieved great success coaching in Europe, is considered to be a novel offensive basketball mind and having him help run the Warriors’ offense would be scary for opponents. And finally, Engelland, AKA “The Shot Doctor,” is renowned for his work with helping players improve their shooting. A big reason why Kawhi Leonard is having his coming-out party in the Finals right now is because of how Engelland helped him change his shot. If Engelland comes to the Warriors, he could instantly help the likes of Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green with their outside shooting, not to mention the little intricacies he could insert into the shots of Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson to make them both even more lethal from the perimeter.
But this may not come to fruition. Gentry is an assistant with the Clippers, and is one of the top candidates for the Cavaliers’ vacant head coaching position. The Warriors have to not only hope he doesn’t land the job with the Cavaliers, but they also have to pry him away from Doc Rivers‘ staff in Los Angeles. Engelland is with the Spurs, and if they end up winning the championship, it will be very hard to convince him to leave San Antonio. As for Blatt, he is also being considered for the Cleveland job, but according to this article, which is in Hebrew, Blatt is likely to join the Warriors.
Again, one would be great, but all three would be incredible. If the Warriors pull this off, it will certainly pay huge dividends next season and beyond.