HOUSTON - The Warriors' coaching staff could have one less person next season.
On Sunday, Golden State assistant coach Jarron Collins interviewed for the Memphis Grizzlies' head coaching vacancy and has the support of the Warriors should he be chosen for the role.
"We want all of our coaches to expand their horizons," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said following Monday's shootaround. "If they get an opportunity like that, we're all for it. So I know they have other candidates so we'll see what happens but Jarron is highly qualified to make the next move."
Collins, who joined the Warriors staff in 2014, played 11 seasons in the NBA with the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers and Portland Trailblazers. Following his retirement in 2011, he worked as a scout for the Clippers and had a stint as an analyst for the Pac-12 Network. During his tenure in Golden State, he's primarily been tasked to oversee the development of the Warriors' frontcourt, tutoring the progress of Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney and recently DeMarcus Cousins.
"He's really really smart, a great communicator, collaborator. He's been a fun guy to work with over the years and he just gets it. It's a group effort, to be part of the team to do your share and support everybody else, which he's about. Jarron is really good at it," Kerr said.
In recent years, Collins has become a frequent candidate for head coaching jobs. Last season, he interviewed with the Atlanta Hawks for the head coaching position that eventually went to Lloyd Pierce. Still, if Collins were to leave Golden State, coaches and players alike would support the move.
"He'd be great," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. "He's like the same as when he played, very unselfish, puts team first... so I think he'd be a great coach."