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Warriors announce coaching staff changes with eye to player development

Warriors announce coaching staff changes with eye to player development

The Warriors will look a lot different in the upcoming 2019-20 season, with a revamped roster and a brand-new arena. But there will be some changes to the coaching staff, as well.

Golden State announced additions and changes to its coaching staff Thursday, which notably includes four new player development coaches: Aaron Miles, Theo Robertson, Luke Loucks and Seth Cooper.

Miles has been the head coach of the G League Warriors in Santa Cruz for the past two seasons. Miles led the team to a 34-16 record last year, the second-best mark in franchise history. Miles also served as the head coach of the Warriors’ Summer League team this past season.

Robertson is back with the Warriors staff after spending the 2018-19 season as the Detroit Pistons’ assistant video coordinator. He previously worked with Golden State during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Loucks was promoted after initially joining the Warriors in the summer of 2016, and Cooper comes after two seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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The four new coaches join a beefed-up player development staff led by assistant coach and director of player development Chris DeMarco. With the Warriors preaching a youth movement this season -- they have eight players 25 years old or younger -- it’s clear the organization is placing a bigger emphasis on player development.

Miles, Roberston, Loucks and Cooper join head coach Steve Kerr’s staff, which retains Mike Brown, Jarron Collins, Bruce Fraser and Ron Adams as assistants. 

Warriors assistant Chris DeMarco to coach Bahamas men's national team

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Warriors assistant Chris DeMarco to coach Bahamas men's national team

Talk about a sweet gig.

Warriors assistant coach Chris DeMarco has been a consistent presence on Golden State's sideline over the last several years, over the course of which he's gotten plenty of championship experience.

Starting this summer, DeMarco will be taking that experience to the tropics. The Undefeated's Marc Spears reported Monday that DeMarcos has agreed in principle to become the head coach of the Bahamas Basketball Federations' senior men's national team.

DeMarco began with the Warriors as a video scout, and has ascended up the coaching ranks to his current position. He has previously served as an assistant coach for the Bahamas, and will now take over the reins when he doesn't have Golden State commitments.

While the Bahamas failed to qualify for the upcoming 2019 World Cup in China, there is no shortage of NBA talent originating from the islands, including Sacramento's Buddy Hield and Phoenix' DeAndre Ayton.

"There is a lot of potential for growth. It's crazy the talent they have with only 400,000 (people)," DeMarco told The Undefeated. "It's a tremendous opportunity."

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has Bahamian family ties through his father, Mychal, but neither he nor Rockets guard Eric Gordon are eligible to participate with the Bahamian national team due to their prior experience with USA Basketball. Still, the elder Thompson believes the DeMarco hire is a good one.

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"It's great for the Bahamas getting a coach with championship experience at the highest level of basketball," Thompson told The Undefeated. "He will bring a winning mentality and a great organizer."

DeMarco will be needed back in the Bay Area when the Warriors open up Chase Center at the start of next season. But until then, he can gain further coaching experience, and get a tan while he's at it.

Sources: Warriors coaching staff set to undergo changes in offseason

Sources: Warriors coaching staff set to undergo changes in offseason

OAKLAND – There has been plenty of conversation about roster composition of the Warriors next season, though there might be no more change there than within the coaching staff.

At least two assistants are expected to leave, and a third is not out of the question.

Willie Green, after three seasons as a player development coach, almost certainly will land with the Phoenix Suns as a full-time assistant under new coach Monty Williams, according to league sources.

“It’s already a done deal,” insisted one source on Tuesday.

The Williams-Green relationship goes back at least as far as 2003, when Green was drafted by the 76ers and Williams was finishing his NBA career in Philadelphia. Green also was a member of the Hornets in 2010-11, the first of five seasons Williams spent as the head coach in New Orleans, which adopted the Pelicans nickname in 2013.

Green, 37, was a highly respected as a player and remains so early in his coaching career.

Chris DeMarco, the team’s other player development coach, is “likely” to join the Kings, where he would work under new coach Luke Walton, according to league sources. Walton and DeMarco worked together as assistants for two seasons (2014-2016) under Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

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Assistant coach Jarron Collins is, according to sources, still among the candidates for the Memphis Grizzlies. Collins interviewed last month. The Grizzlies have yet to fill their opening.

“There is, as of now, no news,” a source close to Collins told NBC Sports Bay Area on Sunday.