Hiring an assistant with previous head coaching experience to join Steve Kerr‘s staff on the Golden State Warriors would have taken a lot of persuading and even more cash.
Luckily, the Warriors were able to do both. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Warriors lured former Clippers’ associate coach Alvin Gentry to Golden State by doubling his salary and offering him a three-year deal.
Hiring Gentry is a huge get for the Warriors. He has coached in over 700 games in the NBA, and with Kerr as the GM, led the Suns to the Western Conference Finals in 2010. He has been in the league since 1989 as an assistant with the Spurs and has coached four different teams.
Gentry was a candidate for a few head coaching openings around the league this offseason, including the Lakers job. But his previous experience working with Kerr likely played a role in coming to Golden State.
He seems like the anti-Mark Jackson in choosing his staff. Jackson, with his big ego, did not want his assistants to receive too much credit and did not pursue the best names. Last year, he had Pete Myers as his lead assistant and the likes of Brian Scalabrine, Darren Erman and Lindsey Hunter on the staff as well.
Kerr understands that he is a novice head coach, and will need all the help that he can get. Hopefully he can lure a few other experienced coaches to join him and help him learn on the fly in his first season.