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Warriors’ Steve Kerr ‘thrilled’ for Lindsay Gottlieb as new Cavs assistant, ‘disappointed’ for Cal

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr lauded Cleveland Cavaliers’ decision to hire Lindsay Gottlieb.

Gottlieb, the head coach of the University of California Berkeley women’s basketball team, will be an assistant coach for the Cavs starting the 2019-2020 NBA season. She will be working with first-year NBA head coach John Beilein, who left Michigan last month to take the coaching vacancy in Cleveland.

Kerr said that he is very thrilled with the Cavs’ move, saying that Gottlieb deserves the job. Kerr said that he is familiar with Gottlieb because of her consistent appearances in Golden State’s practices. But while he is excited with Gottlieb, the three-time NBA champion coach admitted that he feels bad for Cal for losing a great head coach.

“I’m disappointed for Cal that they’re losing such a dynamic person and a great coach, but I’m thrilled for Lindsay,” Kerr said via ESPN Women’s Hoop. “What a great opportunity and a great hire by the Cavaliers. She’s a wonderful person and a hell of a coach.”

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Gottlieb became the first women’s collegiate basketball head coach hired to become an assistant coach in the NBA. She previously led the California Golden Bears to seven NCAA tournament stints, including a Final Four appearance in 2013.