Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Golden State Warriors who is reportedly considering the Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts to be Steve Kerr’s lead assistant.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Nate Tibbetts emerged as a candidate for the Warriors’ top assistant job and will be meeting coach Steve Kerr in Oklahoma City on Monday. Tibbetts will be joining Charlotte Hornets assistant Stephen Silas in the Warriors’ search for Luke Walton’s replacement.
The Golden State Warriors should make a quick decision or they will be losing their preferred candidate once again. The Warriors were reportedly pursuing Jeff Hornacek for the lead assistant role. But after taking a long time, Hornacek was picked by the New York Knicks as their head coach.
Same thing might happen with Nate Tibbetts and Stephen Silas. Both candidates were considered for different head coaching job. Tibbetts was interviewed for the Memphis Grizzlies’ head coaching job this month and Silas is topping the list for the Rockets’ head coach position. There are also rumors spreading that Silas is a strong contender to be Lionel Hollins top assistant once he is proclaimed as Rockets’ head coach.
On the other hand, Nate Tibbetts worked as an assistant for the Portland Trail Blazers since 2013 under coach Terry Slotts. He has also gathered experience in the Cleveland Cavaliers and became a head coach in NBA Development League’s Tulsa 66ers for two seasons, posting a 64-41 record with two playoff appearances.
The Warriors will be making a tough decision between two assistants with broad experience in the league. They should make their decisions quick before they lose the chance to land their preferred candidate to replace Luke Walton. Nate Tibbetts’ experience as an assistant and head coach can be a huge factor for the Warriors offering him a job. Stephen Silas can also be a good pick since he has built a strong relationship with MVP Stephen Curry when he worked as Warriors assistant from 2006-2010.
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