The Golden State Warriors have added two experienced assistant coaches to Steve Kerr’s coaching staff.
On Thursday, the Warriors agreed to a three-year contract with Alvin Gentry to become Kerr’s associate head coach. Gentry was the associate head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. He has more than 30 years of coaching experience, and he even served as a head coach for many NBA teams such as the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, the Clippers, and the Phoenix Suns.
Gentry is an offensive-minded coach. He was the mastermind behind the Clippers’ offense last season, which led the NBA in averaging 107.9 points per game. The Warriors often underachieved on offense, so Gentry could greatly help the Warriors.
On Sunday, the Warriors reached an agreement with Ron Adams to become an assistant coach. He was most recently an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics.
Adams has a vast amount of NBA coaching experience including his time last season with the Celtics, his time with the Chicago Bulls from 2004-07 and 2010-13, with the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2008-10, with the Milwaukee Bucks from 1998-2003, with the San Antonio Spurs from 1992-94, and with the Philadelphia 76ers from 1994-96.
Adams also has college coaching experience. He coached at his alma mater, Fresno Pacific, in 1972, and he coached at Fresno State from 1986-90.
Given his lack of coaching experience, Kerr will significantly benefit from Gentry and Adams’ experience and their knowledge of different aspects of the game.
Kerr still has a few more vacancies on his coaching staff. There have been rumors that the Warriors have been eyeing San Antonio Spurs’ assistant coach Chip Engelland, but Marc Stein of ESPN recently reported that the Warriors are unlikely to persuade him to leave the Spurs.
Gentry and Adams are two incredibly impressive additions to the coaching staff, and they’re very well-respected around the NBA. It will be exciting for fans to see how these two coaches can assist Kerr and help the Warriors improve as a team.