Dario Šarić, Ron Adams and a Warriors reunion 13 years in the making originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO – Ron Adams didn’t know anything about Dario Šarić when he first saw him play basketball. The 75-year-old Warriors coach was a 62-year-old about to start his second stint as a Chicago Bulls assistant at the time. Šarić, he was a 6-foot-6, 16-year-old point guard about to show the world that he would one day be a first-round pick in the NBA draft.
Šarić was the lone name atop the Warriors’ free-agency wish list over the summer to begin Mike Dunleavy Jr.’s reign as general manager. His signing also completed a reunion 13 years in the making.
Throughout his coaching career, Adams has been involved with a number of Basketball Without Borders events. He credits Kim Bohuny, the NBA’s Senior Vice President of International Basketball Operations, for being a catalyst in growing the game globally and Basketball Without Borders being a shining example. In September of 2010, Adams was part of a Basketball Without Borders camp in Barcelona, putting the best European prospects in one gym.
Immediately, Šarić stood out to Adams. Not so much for his athleticism, physicality or ability to rack up points. It was the way Šarić saw the game that Adams could feel, drawing him towards the Croatian’s skills, even when Šarić still was a teenager.
“Really a thoughtful player, as he is now, in terms of clearly seeing the game, knowing how to get the ball to people,” Adams said to NBC Sports Bay Area. “Not a major player offensively, not someone who was out there trying to create for himself — although, he could do that at that point.
“He just had an understanding of the game and a feel for incorporating his teammates.”
There’s a consistent image at the end of Warriors practices inside Chase Center. Šarić is on a court to the right when you first walk in. And he’s always joined by two people. One is Adams, and the other is Dejan Milojević, the former Serbian star overseas who’s in his third season as a Warriors assistant coach.
Milojević first was hired for the development of…
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Publish date : 2023-11-20 15:14:06
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