The Golden State Warriors have had another major offseason, signing All-Star free agent DeMarcus Cousins, but the reigning NBA champions have actually experienced a bit of attrition this summer. One of the club’s top off-the-court personnel is leaving.
Sammy Gelfand, one of Golden State’s analytics gurus, is reportedly leaving the franchise for a job with the Detroit Pistons.
The Athletic’s Anthony Slater first reported the news.
Sources: The Pistons have hired away Warriors analytics guru Sammy Gelfand, another blow to the franchise's support staff this week https://t.co/d1vPnPJ5rW
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 12, 2018
Gelfand has risen up the Warriors’ organization in recent years, growing close to the team’s top players and coaches. While Stephen Curry was injured, he would make sure to sit next to Gelfand during games.
SF Gate has more on his departure:
Gelfand’s departure marks the latest setback in what has been a tumultuous week for Golden State’s support staff. Within the past three days, Gelfand, head performance therapist Chelsea Lane and director of team security Ralph Walker have left the team.
Gelfand, 31, spent five seasons in the Warriors’ analytics department. In his role, he oversaw the pre- and postgame statistical reports that have become key assets for Steve Kerr’s staff. It was common for Kerr to lean on Gelfand’s research when deciding whether to make a change to the rotation.
It’s a tough blow, for sure, but the Warriors are probably going to be OK.