The Warriors have hired Bob Beyer as an assistant coach,according to league sources. Beyer spent the past five seasons on Stan VanGundys staff in Orlando.Beyer will take the spot of Wes Unseld Jr., who left theWarriors last month to join Jacque Vaughn in Orlando. Vaughn took over for VanGundy, who was fired at the end of the season.Before joining the Magic in 2007, Beyer was an assistantcoach for two seasons at Dayton. He also worked under Bob Knight at Texas Techfrom 2001-03.He also had stints as an assistant coach at Northwestern andWisconsin. Beyer was a head coach at Siena College from 1994-97.
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NEW ORLEANS – The man whose job description implies he should be offended by the Warriors’ atrocious defensive showing on opening night is surprisingly unbothered.
And veteran coach Ron Adams, generally considered the NBA’s top assistant and the team’s chief defensive strategist, is willing to explain why.
He’s also confident that the shockingly poor defense on display in a reality-check 129-100 lashing by San Antonio will not be the norm.
“We are going to be a great team,” he told CSNBayArea.com after shootaround Friday at Smoothie King Center, hours before facing the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Warriors were so bad on opening night that coach Steve Kerr opened his postgame news conference with a plea for jokes. He had seen his new squad, heralded as the most lethal in NBA history, introduce itself by allowing more points than it had in any game since he became coach in 2014.
The starters were bad. The bench was bad. And the Death Lineup, surely the team’s best quintet, built to quickly crush opponents, was abominable, posting a defensive rating of 144.9 points.
The Ron Adams of last season, often affectionately described by interim head coach Luke Walton as “a grumpy old man," would’ve been personally insulted by such ghastly numbers.
This season? Adams, 69, is willing to be patient.
“I thought it would be a real tough opening-night opponent,” he said, pointing out the Spurs are among the teams the Warriors will face in the first month that have returned largely intact.
“We have four or five new people in our top 10, and seven new guys total. We’ll have a different defensive team. We’ll find workable combinations. And we’ll find, schematically, what we need to do differently or better.”
How much have the Warriors discovered since Tuesday about their new, rebooted squad could be revealed Friday night, when they face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.
It will be easier, by any measure, than the challenge presented by the Spurs, a 67-win team with three All-Stars starting in the frontcourt.
Adams, Kerr and the rest of the staff are willing to bet the Warriors won’t be giving up 129 points again this season – as bad as it looked on Tuesday for a team of which so much is expected.
“Unfortunately for us,” Adams said, “it’s simple for others to sit on the sidelines and say, ‘This is a fantastic team . . . they’re going to take off running.’ As I said, we are going to be a great team. But it’s going to be a process.”
NEW ORLEANS – Coach Steve Kerr joked with his team on Thursday, reminding the Warriors they are in last place in the Pacific Division.
Well, they are, sharing the cellar with the Phoenix Suns. Losing the season opener at home to the Spurs forced the Warriors to lug a 0-1 record on a three-game road trip.
They can dig their way out of the bottom Friday night, when they face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, who also lost their season opener, at Smoothie King Center.
Warriors by 11
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Draymond Green vs. Davis. Davis dominated in the season opener, totaling 50 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals, five assists and four blocks in a loss to Denver. Davis is healthy and realizes he may have to carry the Pelicans. Green has gotten as far as he has because he lives for such challenges.
Warriors: C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) is listed as out.
Pelicans: G Tyreke Evans (R knee recovery), G Jrue Holiday (family leave) and F Quincy Pondexter (L knee recovery) are listed as out.
The Warriors have won 13 of the last 14 meetings between the teams, including a 3-0 sweep last season.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
1. The Warriors won’t say it, but all signs point to them frequently double-teaming Davis. This would seem like a wise strategy considering his fellow frontcourt starters (center Omer Asik and small forward Solomon Hill) combined for four points in the Pelicans’ season-opening loss.
2. In his first two seasons on the job, Kerr took the approach of one of his mentors, Phil Jackson, rarely calling timeouts to slow an opponent. All indications are the team’s dramatic roster turnover likely will force him to use them more often, simply to ensure everyone is on message.
3. The most explosive collegiate scorer last season was Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield, now a New Orleans rookie. Coach Alvin Gentry has been experimenting with Hield as a Sixth Man, providing instant offense off the bench. The Pelicans need scoring beyond Davis, and the Warriors are keenly aware of the streaky shooter.