If the Golden State Warriors don’t make any major changes to their roster this offseason, at least they will have improved their coaching staff from last season.
Having already hired Alvin Gentry as an associate head coach, the Warriors have picked up Ron Adams as an assistant. Adams, who worked for the Celtics last year, was granted permission to interview for the Warriors last week.
Adams is well-respected and brings a lot of experience to the Warriors. He spent last season on Brad Stevens’ staff in Boston, and previously had stints in Chicago, Oklahoma City, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and was a player personnel scout in Portland. He has been coaching in the NBA since 1992.
While with the Bulls in Chicago, he helped with player development and the defensive side of the ball. With Adams as a defensive-minded assistant, the Warriors have their 1-2 punch set up on Steve Kerr‘s coaching staff: Gentry taking care of offense, and Adams managing defense.
To learn a bit more about Adams and how much he is respected, here is a great piece in the Boston Globe. He played a major role in helping Brad Stevens through his first season as head coach of the Celtics, and he can do the same here with Kerr in Golden State.
So that’s two assistants signed up on Kerr’s staff, but he still has a few more hires to make. The Warriors are interested in Spurs’ assistant Chip Engelland (a.k.a. Shot Doctor), but Marc Stein of ESPN reports that they have little chance of luring him away.
However, Gentry and Adams are two solid, well-respected assistants, and that’s a good sign, considering the abysmal coaching staff they had last season under Mark Jackson.