Steve Kerr has added two more assistant coaches to his coaching staff. Jarron Collins, twin brother of Jason Collins, and Luke Walton, son of Bill Walton, are the most recent additions to the Golden State Warriors coaching staff.
Collins confirmed via Twitter that he will be an assistant coach for the Warriors this upcoming season.
— jarron collins (@jarronctwin) July 3, 2014
According to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, Collins has ties to Warriors owner Joe Lacob through Stanford University, and he played for the Phoenix Suns during the 2009-2010 season when Kerr was the general manager. He also was a scout for the Los Angeles Clippers last season.
Collins’ twin brother, Jason, publicly came out last year, and he became the first openly gay athlete in the NBA and in any of the major American sports when he played for the Brooklyn Nets last season.
Walton played for 10 years in the NBA, mostly with the Warriors’ rival, Los Angeles Lakers. Walton won two NBA titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. Given his experience with the Lakers, he will certainly help Kerr implement the triangle offense, or at least elements of it.
It was first reported on Tuesday by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports that Walton was finalizing an agreement with Golden State. On Thursday, Walton confirmed on 95.7 The Game that he will, in fact, join the Warriors as an assistant coach.
“Coach Kerr and myself started talking a couple weeks back,” Walton told Damon Bruce, “And he offered the job about a week ago.
And then I was talking to a couple other teams as well … and Golden State and the organization that they have up there and the coaching staff that Steve Kerr put together felt like the best fit.
We worked out the deal and now I’m thrilled to be a member of that staff and that organization.”
Before the addition of Collins and Walton, Kerr also hired Alvin Gentry and Ron Adams as assistant coaches.