Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been tapped as the next national coach for Team USA, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Kerr will replace Gregg Popovich as Team USA's next coach in the World Cup and 2024 Paris Olympics. He was an assistant on Popovich's gold-medal Olympic staff in Tokyo. https://t.co/Dxo8fXMsUT
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 10, 2021
In September, Kerr was reported as the favorite to succeed Greg Popovich as the head coach for Team USA. He said earning the job would be an honor. Now, the Warriors’ leader is officially the man in charge of the national team.
Kerr started as an assistant coach with USA Basketball in 2018, coaching in the 2019 World Cup and Tokyo Olympics. As a player, Kerr was a member of the 1986 USA World Championship team and 1988 USA Select Team. With five championships as a player in the NBA and three as Golden State’s head coach, he has plenty of experience in high-pressure games and handling elite talent.
Wojnarowski reported that this decision is Grant Hill’s first major move as the managing director of USA Basketball. Among those who will be assistant coaches on Kerr’s staff will be Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and Gonzaga University men’s basketball team head coach Mark Few.
With Kerr at the helm, it will be interesting to see if this changes which NBA players commit to play for Team USA. Currently, his Warriors squad is lighting up the league, posting a 21-4 record behind an MVP-caliber season from Stephen Curry.