BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have a huge void to fill on their coaching staff now that lead assistant Ron Adams has left the Celtics to be an assistant for the Golden State Warriors.
"I am very happy for Ron for him to have this opportunity to coach in his home-state," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said in a statement. "We all wish Ron nothing but the best, and appreciate all that he did during his year in Boston.”
Adams leaves Boston after just one season, but the veteran assistant coach gets a chance to coach in his home state of California (he attended and later coached at Fresno Pacific) in addition to helping another first-year coach in Steve Kerr transition to the NBA, akin to what he did for the Celtics and Brad Stevens this past season.
He came to Boston from Chicago where he was an integral part of former Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau's staff, known primarily for his player development.
It didn't take long before he put those skills to work in Boston as the assistant who worked primarily with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley to help each improve their shooting touch.
The Celtics will be in the market for a new lead assistant, although they may keep it in-house and promote Jay Larranaga who interviewed for the head coaching job with Philadelphia last summer as well as the Celtics' vacancy after Doc Rivers bolted for the Los Angeles Clippers job.