Former Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr is sure making the Bay Area look a lot like the desert. According to EuroBasket.com’s David Pick, the Golden State Warriors head coach is planning on hiring former Suns coach and current Clippers assistant Alvin Gentry to be his lead assistant.
Warriors expected to make a stronger $ offer to convince Alvin Gentry to leave the Clippers to become elite paid assoc. HC soon,sources said
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 20, 2014
The decision comes as Kerr’s other potential lead assistant, successful European coach David Blatt, appears to have chosen the head coaching opening with the Cleveland Cavaliers over a lead assistant opportunity with the Warriors. Blatt is being hired by another former Sun in general manager David Griffin, who shared Kerr’s thinking in chasing after and pulling from the overseas coaching vein. Kerr, you might know, was Griffin’s boss during his time as Phoenix GM.
Gentry led the Suns to the 2010 Western Conference Finals in Kerr’s final year in the Valley.
Kerr also made a direct hit to the Suns’ current staff by bringing video director Nick U’Ren to Golden State as a special assistant to the head coach and manager of advanced scouting, according to Paul Coro. U’Ren joined Phoenix in the video department during the Kerr era and was one of the rare Suns basketball ops employees whose time spanned the past three general managers — Mark West and the training staff also fall into that category.