Steve Kerr has cleared his first major hurdle as Warriors coach, confirming Thursday the hiring of former NBA players Luke Walton and Jarron Collins, along with veteran scout Bruce Fraser, to complete his staff.
Walton joins veteran coaches Alvin Gentry and Ron Adams, both hired last month, to form a diverse, well-balanced group of mentors. Collins and Fraser will serve as player development coaches.
The assistants came together after more than a month of research and interviews and negotiations.
"That's it," Kerr told me via text message. "Please write that there are no more openings, so that people will stop asking for jobs!"
Walton, 34, spent 10 seasons in the NBA, most of them with the Lakers, before retiring after the 2012-13 season with the Cavaliers. He is, like Kerr, a product of the University of Arizona.
Collins, 35, also spent 10 seasons in the league. The Stanford product – and twin brother of Jason Collins – was drafted by the Jazz and spent most of his career in Utah before finishing up with the Suns, Clippers and Blazers.
Fraser, 48, was a reserve on those U of A teams in the 1980s, which featured Sean Elliot, Tom Tolbert and Kerr. Fraser went on to serve as an assistant with the Wildcats, under Lute Olson, before working as a scout and assistant for the Pacers and Suns.
"I'm excited about the staff," Kerr said. "It's a great blend of experience and energy, and I think we will have great chemistry as a group."