HoopsHype Ron Adams rumors

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

June 20, 2014 Updates

Celtics assistant coach Ron Adams remains in a holding pattern, three days after interviewing with Golden State for a position on Steve Kerr’s staff. A league source said yesterday that Adams is waiting for the possibility of a Golden State offer, and would still consider moving back to home state of California if the right offer was made. Boston Herald

June 18, 2014 Updates
June 13, 2014 Updates

Baxter Holmes: Source confirms that GSW is highly interested in hiring respected Celtics asst. Ron Adams. Source adds, "But a lot of teams would love him." Twitter @BaxterHolmes

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