Warriors assistant Ron Adams receives lifetime award from coaching peers
LAS VEGAS – Longtime NBA assistant coach Ron Adams, who is preparing for his ninth season with the Warriors, was honored this week for his dedication to the game and his passion for player development over 30 years in the NBA and more than half a century in basketball. .
Adams, 74, was named the recipient of this year’s Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award, the National Basketball Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Adams “so deserved” the honor because of his contributions to the game over his 54 years in coaching.
“He gave so many people so much and not just knowledge but mentorship and friendship and I know for me, I love seeing him every day,” Kerr said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I just love visiting him. He’s got a great way of him, great knowledge of the world and what’s going on there and just someone he’s fun to talk to every day. He’s a very good friend and a very good colleague.”
Pacers coach and NBCA president Rick Carlisle said Adams “embodies everything that makes a great coach.
“He is passionate about teaching, has an excellent basketball IQ, tireless work ethic, fierce loyalty and deep love for the game,” Carlisle said in a written statement. “His effort and dedication has earned him four NBA titles over the past eight years and the respect of players and coaches across the league.”
Adams said he was “honored and very honored” to receive this year’s award. He thanked his wife, Leah, and two children, Jerid and Hayley, for their support over the years. He also paid tribute to the many head coaches he has worked with over the past three decades, including Steve Kerr, Brad Stevens, Tom Thibodeau, Scott Brooks, Jim Boylan, Bill Cartwright, George Karl, John Lucas and Jerry Tarkanian.
“So many great people, educators and coaches have helped shape my career,” Adams said in a statement. “Your instructions, encouragement and corrections have been invaluable, and I am grateful beyond words.”
Adams continued, “Finally, and most importantly, I want to thank all of the NBA players I have worked with over the past 30 years who have brought joy and meaning to my life. Watching you grow as players and as men is the real highlight of my career.
Adams has been part of seven NBA franchises over the past 30 years. He started his NBA journey with the San Antonio Spurs, initially joining Tarkanian’s staff before being replaced by Lucas. He then made stops in Philadelphia (1994-96), Milwaukee (1998-2003), Chicago (2003-08 and 2010-2013), Oklahoma City (2008-10) and Boston (2013-14) before joining the Warriors .
Adams began his coaching career in 1969 as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Fresno Pacific. He then coached college ball for more than two decades and participated in numerous programs including UC Santa Barbara, Fresno State, UNLV, and Drake. He was also head coach at Fresno Pacific (1972-75) and Fresno State (1986-90).
Draymond Green Hall of Fame bound
Draymond Green has already had his No. 23 jersey retired at Michigan State. But the four-time NBA champion will further cement his Spartan legacy this fall when he’s inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Green was named National Player of the Year in his senior season (2011-12) when he had 16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 37 games. He helped the Spartans to back-to-back finals in his first two seasons, including an appearance in a national championship game in 2009. The Saginaw, Michigan native also led the team to a Big Ten Tournament title in 2012.
Green is the school’s all-time leader in rebounds and is one of three Spartans to record 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 points. His three career triple-doubles are the second in program history behind Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Green learned of his Hall of Fame election just days after winning the NBA title last month.
“I got shivers down my arms,” he said in a statement posted on the school’s website. ” I could not believe it. I kept saying, ‘wow.’ I then called my wife Hazel who is also an MSU graduate.
“To be mentioned with guys like Mateen Cleaves, Magic Johnson, Steve Smith, Bubba Smith and Kirk Gibson is absolutely mind blowing to me,” he continued. “It’s an incredible honour. Michigan State was my dream school since I was a kid, but the Hall of Fame never even crossed my mind.
LeBron James took to Twitter to congratulate his friend, writing “Yes sir!!!!! Congratulations bro” which was accompanied by several celebratory emojis.
The 2022 Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for September 9.