Kerr will coach Warriors at NBA Summer League

Kerr will coach Warriors at NBA Summer League
June 10, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Yes, I will coach summer league.
Steve Kerr

As Steve Kerr continues to interview candidates in hopes of assembling a staff in the coming weeks, the new Warriors coach has made one significant decision.

He will coach the Warriors Summer League team in Las Vegas next month.

"Yes, I will coach summer league," Kerr told me via text message on Tuesday.

Coaches traditionally don't always take the reins of Summer League teams, but doing so has become more prevalent in recent years – particularly among first-time head coaches.

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Jason Kidd, a few months removed from retirement as a player, coached last summer and the Nets wound up making the playoffs. Jeff Hornacek, in his first job as head coach, led the Suns to the brink of the playoffs. Hornacek finished second in the Coach of the Year voting.

Kerr plans to follow that blueprint. The Las Vegas Summer League runs July 11-21.

Meanwhile, he continues to identify and speak with prospective assistants. Among the names prominently mentioned is David Blatt, whose work in competition overseas and internationally has created a reputation for offensive creativity.

While making it clear there are numerous candidates, Kerr would not get specific about those individuals.

"Several of the people I'm speaking with are in the mix for head-coaching positions," he said, "so I have to let things flush out.

(I) just want the best staff possible."