Ron Adams

NBA rumors: Ron Adams to be more than defensive guru in new Warriors role

NBA rumors: Ron Adams to be more than defensive guru in new Warriors role

On Thursday, we learned that Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams turned down an offer from the Lakers to stay with the Dubs in a "revised role."

On Friday, Marcus Thompson of The Athletic provided some details about Adams' new position:

I’m told Adams’ new role will take advantage of him as a teacher and not just a defensive guru. He will spend more time on the development side while also serving as an aide to the other assistants. With the youth on the roster and the emphasis on player development, Adams’ wealth of experience will be vital.

Adams’ new role is part of a restructuring of the entire staff, according to a source, changes that are not fully known yet. But the traditional ranking of the assistants and where they sit on the bench will be different starting this season.

It's unclear if Adams will sit on the front of the bench like he has since joining Golden State in the summer of 2014.

After beginning his coaching career at Fresno Pacific College, Adams has been in the NBA since 1992. He's worked for the Spurs, 76ers, Bucks, Bulls, Thunder, Celtics and Warriors.

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The 71-year-old is widely considered one of the league's best assistant coaches.

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NBA rumors: Ron Adams turns down Lakers for 'revised role' with Warriors

NBA rumors: Ron Adams turns down Lakers for 'revised role' with Warriors

DeMarcus Cousins and Quinn Cook left the Warriors for the Lakers in free agency.

Assistant coach Ron Adams will not be following suit.

Adams will remain on Golden State's coaching staff in a revised role, league sources told ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk.

It's unclear at this point what "revised role" means.

This is not a surprise when you consider that the 71-year-old has been around the Warriors all NBA Summer League in Sacramento and Las Vegas.

Two weeks ago, Dubs head coach Steve Kerr told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic:

"My feeling is that Ron will want to come back, and we want him back. So we'll see how it all shakes out ... Ron's a huge part of our staff, and we've grown very close.

"Beyond basketball, I look forward to seeing Ron every day and just talking about life. I know he's very happy living in the Bay, so I hope that he's here for many years."

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Adams has been with the franchise the past five seasons, and has been voted by the NBA's general managers as the best assistant coach in the league for several years in a row.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr gives update on assistant Ron Adams' job status

Warriors coach Steve Kerr gives update on assistant Ron Adams' job status

Last weekend, the Lakers received permission to speak with Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams about a potential role with the organization.

Has the 71-year-old told Golden State coach Steve Kerr that he will be back with the Dubs next season?

"Basically," Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on Wednesday. "We talked about the LA situation. I called him to tell him that they had asked permission and that we would grant it.

"And so I don't know if they've spoken with him yet, and I don't know what his final answer would be. I don't even know what they would be offering him.

"But my feeling is that Ron will want to come back, and we want him back. So we'll see how it all shakes out."

Adams joined Kerr's coaching staff in 2014 and is widely considered one of the top assistant coaches in the NBA.

"I will never ever deny anybody permission to speak with one of my assistants," Kerr explained to The Athletic. "I don't understand that philosophy. If somebody comes along with an offer that one of my assistants wants to take, then I'm gonna let him go.

"Why would I keep them from going after something that they believe in? And if they would rather be somewhere else, I'm not gonna stop them from going."

After beginning his coaching career at Fresno Pacific College, Adams has been in the NBA since 1992. He's worked for the Spurs, 76ers, Bucks, Bulls, Thunder, Celtics and Warriors.

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The Fresno Pacific graduate is lauded for his defensive mind.

"Ron's a huge part of our staff, and we've grown very close," Kerr said. "Beyond basketball, I look forward to seeing Ron every day and just talking about life.

"I know he's very happy living in the Bay, so I hope that he's here for many years."

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