The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to surround head coach Frank Vogel with as many high-caliber assistants as possible. Having already added Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins to his staff, the Lakers are now eyeing a top Golden State Warriors assistant.
According to ESPN, the Lakers are pursuing Warriors assistant Ron Adams for an unspecified role in the organization. Per the report, the team has requested permission to interview him.
Adams has spent the last 30 years as an NBA and NCAA basketball assistant for 10 different organizations. He has been with the Warriors since 2014, and was among the first assistants to join then-first year head coach Steve Kerr.
The 71-year-old Adams has worked under the likes of Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV and San Antonio, George Karl at Milwaukee, as well as Brad Stevens, Tom Thibodeau, and Scott Brooks.
Reporting w/ @wojespn: The Lakers received permission from Golden State to talk to assistant Ron Adams about a role on Frank Vogel's staff, league sources tell ESPN. It’s unclear Adams' level of interest but Lakers could make case more compelling with significant financial offer.
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) June 22, 2019
Adams wouldn’t be the first member of the Warriors that the Lakers have pursued.
Back in 2016 the Lakers hired a top assistant from the Golden State Warriors – Luke Walton – to be their head coach.
The Lakers largely wasted their first year of a four-year deal with LeBron James, finishing 37-45 before firing Walton.
Vogel was hired shortly thereafter, and the team would make a blockbuster trade for Anthony Davis earlier this month.
Los Angeles is clearly making an aggressive push to make the 2019-20 season run as smoothly as possible with a brand new administration.