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For those who follow the Warriors closely, it’s immediately evident how important Ron Adams is to the organization. Since joining Steve Kerr’s staff in 2014 after Kerr was hired, Adams has been the mastermind behind everything that the Warriors have run on defense.
Adams enjoys taking a roughly hour-long stroll each day to ease his mind, according to The San Francisco Chronicle’s Scott Ostler, who joined Adams on one of those strolls before the Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
In Ostler’s piece, Adams said he enjoyed the company of his often much younger coworkers.
“I’m fortunate to have great people to work with,” Adams said. “We have some really compelling young people in the program. … For someone my age, they’re absolutely delightful. A lot of laughs, a lot of good, hard work. … I take a lot of flak, but that’s part of it.”
Now, there’s a chance Adams may leave. There is no indication whether that’s his preference, but according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, along with Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers, who have hired Frank Vogel as the team’s head coach, along with former head coaches Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins as assistants, will have the opportunity to interview Adams, as a likely push to overhaul the team’s defense with leadership from a veteran, championship-pedigree coach.
Reporting w/ @wojespn: The Lakers received permission from Golden State to talk to assistant Ron Adams about a role on Frank Vogel's staff, league sources tell ESPN. It’s unclear Adams' level of interest but Lakers could make case more compelling with significant financial offer.
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) June 22, 2019
For those concerned about the cap ramifications of re-hiring Adams in an offseason in which the Warriors may set themselves up for a massive tax burden (if they re-sign Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson), don’t. According to Dieter Kurtenbach, there are no cap ramifications for coaches’ salaries.
Smart to approach the legend, but Warriors would be fools to let him go. There's no luxury tax on coaches salaries… https://t.co/z6FR24mRgu
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) June 22, 2019