May 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Steve Kerr addresses the media in a press conference after being introduced as the new head coach for the Golden State Warriors at the Warriors Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Taking A Look At Steve Kerr’s Assistant Coaching Staff


We all know Steve Kerr, the  five-time NBA champion.

We know he has hit many a clutch shot, and he has played with stars and their issues (the punch).

We have never witnessed Kerr in a coaching position. However, we have witnessed the coaches Kerr has hired or have worked with, in some capacity.

Alvin Gentry has worked under coaches considered to be the best in the league: Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich.

While in Phoenix, Gentry was named Suns’ interim head coach for the 2009-2010 season. Gentry won 54 games and took the Suns to the Western Conference Finals and lost to the Lakers in six games.

Last season Gentry was with the Clippers, a team that took the Warriors out in seven games in the playoffs.

In short, Gentry is a great hire for the Warriors. He is a smart coach on both ends of the floor, and should fit right in as Kerr was the General Manager Phoenix at the time of Gentry hiring.

Next we have Ron Adams. Adams is considered to be a defensive Guru by some.

Adams has worked with the defensive minded Bulls under Tom Thibodeau and the intensive defense of the Thunder’s Scott Brooks. Adams has a ton of experience working under these defensive minded coaches. Swarming defense is the best way to describe these two teams’ defensive strategies.

Last season Adams was with the Boston Celtics and new coach Brad Stevens. The Celtics were not expected to win much, so this is a significant improvement for Adams.

To round this out, we have Luke Walton, the son of the famous Hall of Famer Bill Walton, Luke and his father are the first father and son to become multiple NBA champions.

Luke Walton played ten years in the NBA and won two championships with Los Angeles Lakers. Luke was always known as a defensive player. His injuries may have hurt his image in the eyes of Lakers fans, but Luke has always been mainly a defensive player.

Last season Luke was a player development coach (coach in the background) for the Los Angeles Defenders. It should also be noted that he was an assistant coach for the University of Memphis during the lockout year of 2011.

The Warriors coaching staff consists mainly of defensive minded coaches with many years of experience.

Steve Kerr will have a wealth of knowledge at his disposal. Hopefully, all the knowledge Kerr offered during his color commentary of TNT’s NBA games when he was an analyst is put to real use.

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