Ron Adams Rumors
Now, with the playoffs less than a week away, Looney has hushed anyone who questioned whether he was an NBA-caliber player. A free agent in July, he figures to have no shortage of suitors. “Things have started falling into place for him,” said assistant coach Ron Adams, the Warriors’ defensive architect. “He didn’t start the season with a great window to play even. So, guys like that, I’m happy for and I have a lot of respect for.”
“Clearly a 3-pointer or a layup is better analytically,” Myers said. “But not if there’s a hand in your face or you’re falling out of bounds or you’re going against a 7-foot guy at the rim.” Which makes the mid-range shot the flip phone of the NBA. It’s out of style, a relic from another era, and it’s undeniable there are better options available. But it can still get the job done. “The idea is to score more points than the other team,” said Golden State assistant coach Ron Adams. “You’re going to do that in a variety of ways.”
Kerr has discovered that Adams’s truth-telling doesn’t show itself in dramatic confrontation but in the steady grind of the day to day. Even during a winning streak, “Ron will tell me, ‘We stunk last night,’” Kerr says. “He will say it to my face. He does not get fooled by our record. He’ll walk into practice and tell me we have to do a certain defensive drill, we can’t forget the fundamentals, because we’ve been awful.’” Durant, Curry and Thompson laud Adams for holding them accountable. “‘You could have contested that shot. … You could have made that guy miss. … You’ve got to use that length of yours . … Verticality! Verticality!’” Durant says, mimicking the way Adams bends his ear.
“I wanted a truth-teller, somebody to tell me, ‘You gotta do this, and you gotta do that,’ completely unfiltered,” Kerr says. “Somebody whose experience and wisdom made everyone stand up and listen. I knew right then that we were talking to the right guy, and I’m just thankful we have him because he’s been instrumental in all that we’ve done. “Ron Adams, he’s our Tex.”
And though in professional basketball he has never been a head coach, he says, “it probably worked out the way it should.” “I try to be an artisan,” he adds. “There is a purity to teaching as an assistant — a virtue in being a craftsman and having a craft. It’s the nuts-and-bolts stuff that appeals to me, and the relationships. “Plus, quite frankly, I don’t think, until the last five or six years of my life, I have exhibited the flexibility to be a head coach. The level where I’ve found myself is just perfect.”
In a league rife with individual agendas, Adams, 69, is entering his 24th season as an NBA assistant. That he has yet to hold the top seat is not because of a lack of respect from front offices. Two weeks ago, NBA general managers named Adams the league’s best assistant for the third straight season. “I try to be a good company guy and do all the things that are necessary for a team to be successful,” Adams said after a recent practice. “Perhaps I’ve neglected to take a certain tack that would’ve been helpful to me getting a head job. I think knowing myself, my strengths and weaknesses, and what is expected of people at this level, I think I probably am where I should be.”