ESPN Staff Writer Steve Kerr said he is “extremely optimistic” that his former assistant, Derek Lillard, will be back at work after his recent arrest.
Kerr was the first NBA coach to publicly praise Lillard for his work with his robot.
“We love him,” Kerr said in a post-game press conference Monday.
“He was my assistant for the first nine years of his career and then he came back in 2017.
He was our top assistant.
We were thrilled that he was back.”
Lillard, a longtime friend of Kerr, was arrested on a domestic battery charge Monday after a woman accused him of breaking into her apartment in April, the NBA announced.
Lillard’s arrest came less than two weeks after he and his former Golden State Warriors assistant, David Lee, were arrested for domestic violence against a woman in the same apartment.
According to a police report, Lillard told police he “assaulted the victim” after she reported him for breaking into the woman’s apartment.
The Warriors announced Monday that they have hired Lillard as an assistant coach.