NBA Rumors: Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Has Replacement For Luke Walton

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr

NBA rumors are swirling around the Golden State Warriors. With Luke Walton taking the Los Angeles Lakers head coach job, many are wondering who Steve Kerr will turn to as a replacement on his coaching staff. According to ESPN, Jarron Collins has been pegged as the next lead assistant for the Warriors. The former Utah Jazz center is apparently on the fast track in the National Basketball Association, as he does not have much coaching experience.

Sitting next to Steve Kerr is apparently one of the best jobs in the NBA. Alvin Gentry spent a year at the position, which earned him his first championship in the National Basketball Association. It also earned him another chance to become a head coach on the professional level. Gentry is now the head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans, where he’s trying to figure out how to maximize the potential of All-NBA forward Anthony Davis.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton
Once Alvin Gentry took off for the New Orleans Pelicans, Steve Kerr went to bat for Luke Walton, and it paid off really well for everyone involved. The Golden State Warriors wanted someone with more experience, and they were willing to pay a good amount of money to make that happen. Kerr insisted on promoting Walton to the rule, and he rewarded them with a record breaking start for an NBA team and earned himself a chance to take over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Normally, the safe bet would be against Jarron Collins leaving to be the head coach of an NBA team after spending a year as the lead assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, but winning has a way of making everything look much better. A risk taker of an executive might choose to give Collins a chance by pairing him up with a lead assistant that has plenty of experience in the National Basketball Association.

Golden State Warriors coach Jarron Collins
When it comes to coaching experience in the NBA, Jarron Collins really has a thin resume. He received his start as a scout with the Los Angeles Clippers. After a year, he was hired by Steve Kerr as a player development coach. This season, he was promoted to the main bench as an official assistant coach. Collins is now in line to replace Luke Walton as the lead assistant for the Golden State Warriors.

Another name to keep an eye on is Nicholas U’Ren. He’s the young man that became a folk hero with Golden State Warriors fans last season because of a late night idea. It was he who convinced Luke Walton that the Warriors would have a better chance against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals by replacing Andrew Bogut in the starting lineup with Andre Iguodala.

New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry
Fortunately for Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors, he’ll be able to survive the quick coaching turnovers on his staff. He still has one of the best assistant coaches in the NBA by his side. Ron Adams is very well respected around the league. Fans might not know him as well as guys like Luke Walton, but you can be sure that players, executives, and coaches in the National Basketball Association are aware of his work and what he brings to a championship caliber team.

In team sports, whenever a player goes down with an injury, the philosophy is that the next man up takes over one of the top roles. The same is true with coaching in the NBA. Luke Walton stepped up for Alvin Gentry. Jarron Collins appears set to step up for Walton. When Collins moves on, then someone else will be in line to replace him.

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