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May 18, 2015 Updates

Ron Adams: Steph in his own way can and has. And I want more from him in that regard. I mentioned to him the other day in defensive drills, he’s quite good about always doing his share. He’s a good practice guy. Both Klay and Steph are good practice players. And as the two flagship players, that filters down to everyone else; it’s important. But I just told him after a defensive sequence, I said, ‘You always do a good job in these drills; you take it seriously, you go through it well. But I’d like you lead more in them. I’d like you to be more exuberant.’ San Jose Mercury-News

-Q: More vocal? -ADAMS: Vocal. And physically. I said, ‘Because what you do is a barometer for the rest of the team, without any question.’ Now, I wasn’t down on how he was practicing; I think he’s a good practice player. But I want him to see and continually see what his affect on others is. And he understands that. He has a lot on his plate. And I’m careful about that, too, because I don’t think the public understands the pressure on people who can score the ball and if you don’t score the ball it’s like the end of the world. And it’s not the end of the world. San Jose Mercury-News

Steph does a lot of great things to help this team win aside from the scoring. The scoring is pivotal obviously, but he does a lot of great things. His defense has really, really improved. He knows when he doesn’t do well defensively this is important. He wants to do better, he works on getting better. That’s just an instance of leadership and you’re always trying to prod people to lead more. San Jose Mercury-News

May 17, 2015 Updates

Kerr's first move spoke volumes: He assembled a first-class coaching staff, with lieutenants (Alvin Gentry and Ron Adams) who were better versed than him in critical aspects of the game. He never felt threatened by the players' fondness for former coach Mark Jackson and allowed them to keep several traditions from the Jackson era. He gained Curry's trust, inspired disillusioned center Andrew Bogut, managed David Lee's reduced role and convinced veteran Andre Iguodala, a longtime NBA starter, to come off the bench. "You're a huge reason why we're here today," Curry said as he turned to Kerr during the MVP acceptance speech. "Thanks very much for being you." Contra Costa Times

May 15, 2015 Updates

Sam Smith: Since Ron Adams was let go as an assistant, I know the Bulls have begged Thibodeau to add someone to run the offense, or at least be an offensive mind to work with. Thibodeau has declined. He likes to run the offense, too, and the issue to me has been less a predictable offense—how many NBA offenses are so creative? LeBron posting up? Harden dribbling all over?—than Thibodeau being so hands on and calling so many plays, which I’ve long felt inhibits the flow. I’ve always been one who’d rather see the players make more calls, push the ball in transition, swing the ball. That’s the reason for the droughts: Late shot clocks with deliberate play in too many play calls. It’s why the triangle is a good offense. It requires players to make more decisions. They should, and the good ones can. NBA.com

May 12, 2015 Updates

Q: Alvin is focused on the offense, Ron on the defense. But do they bring different general viewpoints to the game beyond that? Do they balance off of each other? Steve Kerr: There’s given and take with all of us. But they really see the game totally differently. Alvin sees it from an offensive perspective; Ron sees everything from a defensive perspective. I believe Ron would like to win a game 4-2. And I don’t think Alvin would mind winning 138-130. So it’s good to have those two different looks and approaches. They balance each other out and they complement each other. San Jose Mercury-News

April 23, 2015 Updates
January 20, 2015 Updates

So in a case like this one, if Thibodeau has lost his locker room, he should not expect a ton of support from management. People close to the organization have told me that relations between Thibodeau and the front office have improved in the two years since assistant coach Ron Adams was let go against Thibodeau’s wishes, but I have heard enough anecdotes from people close to the team to realize that Thibodeau still views Bulls management with a jaundiced eye. And some have told me that team president John Paxson remains lukewarm at best regarding Thibs. SheridanHoops

December 6, 2014 Updates

While crediting Jackson for changing the Warriors' culture, Lacob said he didn't think the team "could be great" without removing a coach he characterized as unwilling to hire better assistants and disliked by many in the organization. "Right now, (Kerr) looks great," Lacob said at the Western Association of Venture Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association luncheon Wednesday. Oakland Tribune

"I think he will be great. And he did the one big thing that I wanted more than anything else from Mark Jackson he just wouldn't do, in all honesty, which is hire the very best. "Carte blanche. Take my wallet. Do whatever it is to get the best assistants there are in the world. Period. End of story. Don't want to hear it. And (Jackson's) answer . . . was, 'Well, I have the best staff.' No you don't. And so with Steve, very, very different." Oakland Tribune

Lacob praised associate head coach Alvin Gentry and assistant coach Ron Adams, whom Kerr hired for their experience. Lacob said he thought at the time when he hired Jackson that the key for an inexperienced coach who he said "didn't know X's and O's, really" was to hire the right staff around him. "You can't have a staff underneath you that isn't that good," Lacob said. "And if you're going to get better, you've got to have really good assistants. You've got to have people that can be there to replace you. We all know this from all of our companies. It's . . . Management 101. A lot of people on the outside couldn't understand it when we (fired Jackson)." Oakland Tribune

November 5, 2014 Updates

What’s changed for Curry this season has been the presence of assistant coach Ron Adams, a longtime veteran of NBA coaching who’s known for his defensive excellence. “Just holding me to a higher standard,” Curry said of Adams’ influence. “Obviously we watch a lot of film and talk a lot about just how we’re supposed to see that end of the floor, what it means if I’m able to do what I’m supposed to do every single night for our team’s success. It doesn’t matter how many points I score. He seems to find that one or two things that I can do better on the defensive end after every game that kind of knocks you back into reality a little bit. You can always get better, and I have to be to be a championship-caliber point guard and for us to try to get where we’re trying to go.” Contra Costa Times

October 18, 2014 Updates

For decades, they have been the NBA's anonymous grinders courtside, "the substance that fills the cracks," as Ron Adams likes to say. Adams is one of the most respected assistant coaches in the league, and over the last few seasons, his reputation to the casual NBA observer is finally catching up to what those closely connected to the game have known for years. With head coaching positions starting to be filled by former players with no head coaching experience or successful retreads who are given executive powers to go with their coaching responsibilities, experienced assistants like Adams are in demand like a shooting guard who can hit 3s and defend. Associated Press

Adams will turn 67 in November and says he knows he'll never be a head coach in the league. But if Kerr and Stevens reach the same level that Thibodeau has, he'll have made as big of an impact. "I've worked with a lot of coaches the last few years who were early in their careers or starting out," Adams said. "Seeing them gain confidence and become more expert in what they do and in the back of your mind thinking that maybe you had something to do with that, that's always been a good feeling for me." Associated Press

July 3, 2014 Updates
June 23, 2014 Updates

Boston Celtics lead assistant Ron Adams is leaving Brad Stevens’ staff in Boston to join Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors. Adams, who had two years left on his contract, has over two decades of NBA experience and will hold an assistant role with Golden State. The Celtics gave Adams permission to visit with the Warriors last week. The Warriors later offered him a multiyear deal which he accepted. NESN.com

June 22, 2014 Updates

Adams, who worked closely with Rajon Rondo last season in the point guard's return from ACL surgery, and also played a role in Avery Bradley's improvement as a shooter, is also expected to work closely with Golden State's promising young crop of players. He will not serve as Kerr's lead assistant. That job has already been filled by fellow veteran Alvin Gentry, who left a similar job under Doc Rivers with the Clippers last week. Adams, who was given permission by Celtics management to look into the Golden State opportunity, gave thanks to Stevens and Danny Ainge for allowing him to look west. "I was very honest all along with Brad," said Adams. "I was also very conflicted about it." Boston Herald

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