Golden State Warriors: 2015 Summer League Preview

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Summer League Coaching Staff

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Steve Kerr is now a seasoned, championship winning head coach. Former associate head coach Alvin Gentry will be taking over the reins for the New Orleans Pelicans.

As it would seem, assistant coach Luke Walton has moved up the ranks and will be looked to lead the Warriors Summer League team to a new title.

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Walton, son of former NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton, is a longtime student of the game. Like Kerr, Walton has ties to both Lute Olsen (from his time at the University of Arizona) and Phil Jackson (from his nine years with the Los Angeles Lakers).

With Jackson, Walton won two titles before moving on to finish his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He served as an assistant coach for the University of Memphis for a time during the 2011 NBA lockout, later on becoming a D-League player development coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Now he’s won a title as an assistant coach for the Warriors.

Kerr thinks the Warriors can pull off the “Triple Crown” of the NBA and bring a Summer League title back to Golden State. Seeing how Walton fares as the head coach of this young Summer League squad could possibly determine whether Kerr promotes Walton to associate head coach.

Also joining Walton will be Santa Cruz Warriors head coach Casey Hill, who coached Golden State’s D-League affiliate to a championship this past season. Hill may possibly be looking to move into the upper coaching echelon of the NBA, and winning a Summer League title this year could serve as the perfect platform on which to do so.

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