Steve Kerr confident Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams will return despite Lakers interest
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr believes that assistant Ron Adams will stay for next season.
The Los Angeles Lakers received permission to talk to Adams in the hopes of adding the veteran to their new-look coaching staff for the 2018-19 NBA season. While the Lakers job appears to be enticing because of the team is expected to compete for a title next season, Kerr believes that Adams will stay with the Warriors.
“My feeling is that Ron will want to come back,” Kerr said of Adams via Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. “And we want him back.”
The 71-year-old Adams has spent the last five seasons on Kerr’s staff, and he is considered as one of the top assistant coaches in the league. The Lakers are looking to add more experienced to their rejigged coaching staff led by head coach Frank Vogel. The Lakers also hired Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins as assistants.
However, it remains to be seen if Adams is really interested in joining the Lakers, knowing that he had a lot of success in Golden State in the last five seasons. But according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Lakers could make a case with a “significant financial offer” to Adams.
The Warriors recently lost assistant coach Willie Green.
The 37-year-old Green, who served as a player-development coach for the Warriors since 2016, accepted a lead assistant coaching job with the Phoenix Suns under new head coach Monty Williams.