It hasn’t taken long for Steve Kerr to prove that he knows how to coach. When the Golden State Warriors hired the former NBA player and executive as their head coach in the summer of 2014, the witty and jovial Kerr had never coached before, at any level.
Now, with just four seasons under his belt, Kerr already has three NBA championships, and one Coach of the Year trophy.
So yeah. He can coach. And now he’s going to get the chance to coach on the international level, as he has been named one of the assistant coaches for USA Basketball.
Gregg Popovich has selected Warriors’ Steve Kerr, Pacers‘ Nate McMillan and Villanova’s Jay Wright as assistant coaches for USA Basketball staff.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 11, 2018
Kerr is joined in the assistant coach role by Nate McMillian, who coaches the Indiana Pacers, and Jay Wright, who coaches Villanova. The head coach of USA Basketball is San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has taken over the reigns from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who had an impressive 10-plus year run in which the team went 88-1.
For Kerr, it’s a great opportunity for numerous reasons. He’ll get to chase success at the international level, as the team will be competing in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, and the 2020 Olympics. But it’s also a chance for him to coach alongside his dear friend Popovich, whom he played four years for.
It’s also worth noting that Kerr taking this role, which requires him to work during the short NBA offseason, suggests that he is feeling much better about his health, which is a wonderful thing.