Lakers Rumors: Warriors Assistant Ron Adams Turns Down LA to Remain with GS

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2019

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 6: Assistant Coach Ron Adams of the Golden State Warriors looks on during practice as part of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 6, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Ron Adams rebuffed interest from the Los Angeles Lakers to remain with the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk

Adams has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach for the Warriors, and Youngmisuk wrote he'll have a "revised role" with the team.

Youngmisuk and colleague Adrian Wojnarowski reported in June the Lakers had received formal permission to interview Adams for a position on their staff.

After hiring Frank Vogel as its head coach, Los Angeles initially targeted former head coaches for its lead assistant roles. Both Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins have come aboard ahead of the 2019-20 season. Going after Adams represented a deviation from that strategy and made sense given his reputation.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr explained to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II how the team looked toward Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson as inspiration for its offensive game plan but that Adams is the architect of the defense:

"The defensive stuff is really Ron's. The fundamentals, the patterns of our drills and our defensive work that we do in practice, the patterns you see on the floor defensively, it all came from Ron. Very efficient. Covers a lot of bases. Involves the entire team. I've learned a lot of defensive principles from him. Ron always likes to say if you want to be a great shooter, you have to shoot every day. If you want to be a great defensive team, you've got to work at it every day."

Since Adams' arrival, Golden State ranked first, sixth, second, 11th and 11th in defensive rating, per NBA.com.

Retaining Adams was particularly important for the Warriors given how much will have changed since the end of the 2018-19 season. Kevin Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Klay Thompson will miss a big chunk of the year with a torn ACL. The Warriors traded Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies. And D'Angelo Russell will line up in the backcourt next to Stephen Curry.

The five-time defending Western Conference champions will likely take a step backward as a result of their upheaval. Losing one of Kerr's top assistants would've exacerbated that.

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