In assembling a staff for the first time ever, new Warriors coach Steve Kerr is aiming high and shooting smart.
Though there have been no official announcements by the team, the top two assistants have reached agreements in principle to join the team.
Former Celtics assistant Ron Adams over the weekend decided to join former Clippers assistant Alvin Gentry, who last week agreed to leave Los Angeles for Oakland.
The two would seem to compliment each other. While Gentry is considered an offensive specialist, Adams is known as more of a defensive architect. They both come with long resumes in the coaching profession.
Adams, 66, has spent nearly a quarter century in various coaching and scouting positions in the NBA, beginning with his taking a job with the Spurs in 1992. Prior to that, he spent two decades coaching at the college level, including four years (1986-90) as head coach at Fresno State.
Gentry, 59, has been coaching for 35 years at the college and pro levels.
The dogged recruitment of Gentry and Adams – both of whom were under contract with their previous employers – suggests that Warriors CEO is all in, willing to pay the price required to help Kerr put together a staff of highly qualified assistants.
Moreover, Gentry and Adams embody the level of experience desired and deemed necessary by Kerr, who is a head coach for the first time in his life.
Kerr is hopeful of completing his staff within the next two weeks.