Shortly after associate head coach Alvin Gentry announced that he would be leaving the Warriors to become head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, Warriors coach Steve Kerr tooted the horn of another one of his assistants.
That assistant, Luke Walton, spent last season as the team’s No. 3 assistant behind veterans Gentry and Ron Adams.
Indications are that a promotion is coming.
Kerr on Thursday hinted to reporters at the American Century Golf tournament in Lake Tahoe that he’s leaning toward moving Walton up the bench.
“More than likely, we will promote from within,” Kerr told the San Francisco Chronicle.
That means Walton, doing a nice job coaching the Warriors summer league team in Las Vegas, is the favorite for the position that will be filled within the next 10 days.
Walton is, like Kerr, a University of Arizona product. Also like Kerr, Walton played in the NBA under legendary coach Phil Jackson.
Should Walton be promoted, it also means a likely promotion for Jarron Collins, the Stanford product who spent last season as the team’s No. 4 assistant, also known as the player development coach.