Boston Celtics: Ron Adams

Veteran assistant coach Ron Adams is set to join the Golden State Warriors after spending one season with the Boston Celtics.

Adams interviewed with the Warriors this past week and decided Sunday to return to his home state and a region his basketball career took shape. Adams played collegiately and started his coaching career at Fresno Pacific University.

Adams served as Boston's top assistant for first-year coach Brad Stevens last season.

“I am very happy for Ron for him to have this opportunity to coach in his home-state," said Stevens. "We all wish Ron nothing but the best, and appreciate all that he did during his year in Boston.”

Adams, 66, is a highly respected assistant who has also coached for the Spurs, Bucks, Bulls, and Thunder in two decades in the NBA.

Adams is expected to serve as a top assistant alongside first-year coach Steve Kerr with the Warriors. Golden State had also talked with David Blatt, who recently agreed to become head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.


 
Rapid Reaction: Adams was a steadying presence as Stevens made the transition to the NBA game and players flocked to him for advice at both ends of the court (particularly his renowned shooting expertise). Stevens said last month that he was hopeful to keep his staff intact, but wouldn't prevent any of his assistants from seeking opportunities that intrigued them. It's a lateral move here for Adams, but given his age, it allows him the chance to wind down his coaching days in a region he's familiar with. And he'll be working with some skilled young players; good luck to the rest of the league if he's able to further hone Steph Curry's touch.

The Celtics will have to fill Adams spot. Stevens' staff maintains assistants Jay Larranaga, Micah Shrewsberry, Walter McCarty, and Jamie Young. Larranaga, who has spent the past two seasons on the Boston bench, interviewed for the Celtics' vacancy before Stevens was hired and talked with the Philadelphia 76ers for their opening last summer.
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens had an early morning speaking engagement on Friday, so he chose shuteye over the second half of Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday evening.

Of course, with the San Antonio Spurs out front by 19 at the intermission, and owning all the momentum in the series while dominating play in Miami, Stevens wasn't too surprised to wake up and see the Spurs had taken a commanding 3-1 series lead with another lopsided win over the Heat.

"The Spurs are playing great. The Spurs have played better than everybody else in the league for the last four months of the season," said Stevens. "That said, I don’t think it’s over. The problem with being in a series against the Heat is that you have to beat them in a 48-minute game still and that is not easy to do. So, we’ll see how it goes. But the Spurs have played great the last four months this season. They’ve been at a different level than everybody else."

Stevens marveled at how the Spurs are performing on the league's biggest stage.

"I saw somebody say that playing the Spurs is like playing chess against a computer," said Stevens. "They’re such a machine right now. But you’ve seen the Heat turn it up a notch to where they’re untouchable and both those teams are absolutely playing at a high level. You can have a feel for them, but that doesn’t mean you can do anything about it. Doesn’t mean you can stop them."

A few more notes from Friday's workout session that included a solo session for Kentucky's Julius Randle and a loaded six-man group featuring Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Michigan's Nik Stauskas, Michigan State's Gary Harris, UCLA's Zach LaVine, Louisiana-Lafayette's Elfrid Payton, and Missouri's Jordan Clarkson.

LIFE ON THE PRE-DRAFT CIRCUIT: LaVine, trying to cement his lottery status, has been criss-crossing the country working out for teams. Boston was the sixth stop on his voyage and he's got another five scheduled, including a stop in Denver on Saturday. Talk about a tough back-to-back. LaVine was asked if he ever forgets what city he's in. "I never forget what city I’m in, but I forget what day it is," he said. "It’s Friday? I was about to say Thursday. I’ve been forgetting the days, but other than that, I’m pretty good on it."

GOLDEN STATE EYEING ADAMS?: Multiple reports indicate that Celtics assistant Ron Adams will interview next week with the Golden State Warriors, who recently hired Steve Kerr as their new head coach. Adams, 66, was brought in as the experienced veteran to helm Stevens' staff. At last month's draft combine, Stevens said he expected his entire staff back, but wouldn't stand in the way of any of them taking a better opportunity. It's unclear if Golden State represents an advancement for Adams, who was on the practice floor with the Celtics on Friday after draft workouts. Adams is one of the most respected assistants in the league and was revered by Celtics players last season, particularly for his shooting sessions.

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