LAS VEGAS – Longtime NBA assistant coach Ron Adams, who’s preparing for his ninth season with the Warriors, was honored this week for his dedication to the game and passion for developing players for 30 years.
Adams, 74, was named the recipient of this year’s Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award, the National Basketball Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
Pacers coach and NBCA President Rick Carlisle said Adams “embodies everything that makes a great coach.“He is passionate about teaching, has a great basketball IQ, a tireless work ethic, fierce loyalty, and a deep love for the game,” Carlisle said in a written statement. “His efforts and dedication have earned him four NBA titles in the last eight years and the respect of players and coaches throughout the league.”
Adams said he was “honored and very humbled” to receive this year’s award. He thanked his wife, Leah, and two children, Jerid and Hayley, for their support over the years. He also gave a shoutout to the many head coaches he’s worked with over the last three decades, including Steve Kerr, Brad Stevens, Tom Thibodeau, Scott Brooks, Jim Boylan, Bill Cartwright, George Karl, John Lucas and Jerry Tarkanian.
“So many great people, educators, and coaches have helped shape my career,” Adams said in a statement. “Your instruction, encouragement, and correction were invaluable, and I am grateful beyond words.”
Adams continued, “Lastly, and most important, I want to thank all the NBA players I worked with over the past 30 years who have brought joy and meaning to my life. Watching you grow as players and as men is the real highlight of my career.”
Adams has been part of seven NBA franchises in the last 30 years. He started his NBA journey with the San Antonio Spurs, initially joining Tarkanian’s staff before he was replaced by Lucas. He later went on to stops in Philadelphia (1994-96), Milwaukee (1998-2003), Chicago (2003-08 and 2010-2013), Oklahoma City (2008-10) and Boston (2013-14) before he joined the Warriors.
Adams began his coaching career in 1969 as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Fresno Pacific. He went on to coach collegiate ball for more than two decades and was a part of numerous programs, including UC Santa Barbara, Fresno State, UNLV and Drake. He also served as the head coach at Fresno Pacific (1972-75) and Fresno State (1986-90).
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