It's all about who you know, right?
And for those of you networking on LinkedIn or in internships, forget about all that. If the experience of Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and new coach Steve Kerr is any indication, the hot spot to make connections is the golf course.
"'I knew him through friends — and through golf, quite frankly,' Lacob said of Kerr." No words for this.— Eric Freeman (@freemaneric) May 15, 2014
It's tough to think of many other coaching hires that stemmed from a round on the links. But hey, you never know when or where opportunity will knock.
Kerr commented on his familiarity with Lacob in an interview with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, saying, "We've been on golf trips together." He cited that, as well as his relationship with general manager Bob Myers, as one of the reasons he ultimately chose to go with the Warriors:
What helped is that I have previous relationships with Joe and Kirk [Lacob] and definitely Bob. Bob and I have known each other for years–he was Robin Lopez's agent; I drafted Robin in Phoenix, so we spent some time together then.
So I knew Bob. And I've known Joe actually a long time through a mutual friend, a venture capitalist in the Bay Area. So we've been on golf trips together.
The familiarity for sure was helpful and it helped everybody relax and just sort of... be themselves.
Apparently, he's not ready to end the golf outings any time soon, either. Later in the interview, Kerr said, "Hey, maybe we'll have our talk about the team over golf. That sounds like a good idea."
Maybe the next trip should include the team's star point guard Stephen Curry, who appears to be down with the hire.
Lacob: "(Curry) is extremely supportive, that's all I can tell you. We got Steve Kerr because of our players." (via @sam_amick)— Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM_91) May 15, 2014
Or maybe even Lacob's son, Kirk, who's the team's assistant GM (nepotism's reared its head here before). They can all talk about what kind of offense they want to implement on the ninth green.
Kerr on his offense: "It will be influenced by the Triangle but it will not look like the Bulls of the ’90s." http://t.co/D8addlNnQK— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) May 15, 2014
And for anyone else out there with aspirations of coaching in the NBA, you might want to work on your short game.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewDBailey.