The Thunder filled is its assistant coaching vacancy with Ron Adams, a former college head coach with a defensive mindset who owns 17 years of NBA coaching and management experience. Adams comes to Oklahoma City from the Chicago Bulls, whom he served as a special assignments scout.
The hire is expected to be announced today, and Adams will be on the bench for tonight’s game against Denver. Adams served as an assistant under former Bulls coach Scott Skiles before Chicago general manager John Paxson moved Adams into a scouting role under new coach Vinny Del Negro. Adams also spent time as an assistant in Milwaukee, San Antonio and Philadelphia and was a player-personnel scout for Portland. Adams began his coaching career at his alma mater, Fresno Pacific, and coached at the University of Cal-Santa Barbara, Fresno State and UNLV.
Scouting Golden StateThe Warriors had seven players score in double figures in a 112-102 win over the Thunder earlier this month. Andris Biedrins scored 17 points and grabbed 21 rebounds. "We’ve been doing a pretty good job rebounding except for (giving up) offensive rebounds,” said Desmond Mason. "Against a team like this, even their smalls will crash the boards.