The Golden State Warriors may be in the market for a new assistant coach this offseason. Jarron Collins, who is in his fourth season with the team, will interview with the Atlanta Hawks about their vacant head coaching spot.
The Atlanta Hawks have coaching interviews set with Portland assistant Nate Tibbetts and Golden State assistant Jarron Collins in California today, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 29, 2018
The Hawks are looking for a new coach after surprisingly deciding to part ways with Mike Budenholzer, who had been with the team for five years, and won the 2014-15 Coach of the Year award.
If Collins were to get the job, it would continue a trend of Steve Kerr assistants earning bigger shots elsewhere. After the 2014-15 season, lead assistant Alvin Gentry was hired by the New Orleans Pelicans. The next year his successor, Luke Walton, was poached by the Los Angeles Lakers.
While both Gentry and Walton arguably started the season on the hot seat, their respective teams had fantastic seasons, which reflected very well on the coaches. So the Warriors are not only churning out head coaching candidates, but good coaches as well.
Collins has been with the Warriors for Kerr’s entire tenure. He came aboard with Kerr in 2014 as a player development coach, and was promoted to assistant coach in 2015, after Gentry’s departure. These days, many Warriors fans best know him as the go-to halftime interview for sideline reporter Kerith Burke.
Prior to his coaching days, the former Stanford product had a 10-year NBA career, primarily with the Utah Jazz. His twin brother Jason also played in the NBA.
While it would be a bummer for the Warriors to lose such a strong member of their coaching staff, Collins undoubtedly deserves a head coaching job, and it would be wonderful to see him get that opportunity.