Mark Jackson and the Golden State Warriors have re-tooled their assistant coaches. After bringing in fan-favorite Brian Scalabrine as an assistant, Ric Bucher reports that Lindsey Hunter will be a part of the Warriors’ coaching staff next season.
Hunter was the interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns last season, replacing Alvin Gentry at the midway point of the season. In 41 games at the helm, Hunter led the Suns to a 12-29 record before being replaced by Jeff Hornacek in May.
Hunter is also a 17-year NBA veteran, playing for five different teams throughout his career and averaging 8.5 points per game. He is a two-time NBA champion, winning it all with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and the Detroit Pistons in 2004. He last played for the Chicago Bulls in 2010.
Jackson needed one more assistant coach to fill out his staff, as both Mike Malone and Bob Beyer departed earlier this offseason. Malone accepted a head coaching position with the Sacramento Kings, and Beyer moved on as an assistant with the Charlotte Bobcats.
With Scalabrine and Hunter on the bench, they will have 28 years of NBA experience between them. While they are fairly inexperienced as coaches, it is always believed that the best coaches are the ones who were role players during their playing careers, which was the job description for both of them.