Last season, Golden State Warriors' Assistant General Manager Kirk Lacob discussed the advantages to surrounding his team with players, coaches, and executives alike who have family pedigrees including league alumni.
As Lacob shifts his attention back to the NBA club full-time, the organization has named his two successors in Santa Cruz.
The family affair continues.
Pat Sund and Jonnie West have been named co-Associate General Managers for the Warriors' NBA D-League squad. While Sund is the son of longtime NBA executive Rick Sund, West is the youngest son of NBA legend and executive Jerry West.
Lacob's statement can be read below:
"I'm extremely proud of what we have accomplished in Santa Cruz over the last two years and look forward to the future development of everyone involved with the organization," said Lacob. "This is a terrific, and well-deserved, opportunity for both Pat and Jonnie. I believe that they will do a wonderful job and I am very excited to see them lead the Santa Cruz Warriors to even greater heights."
Interestingly enough, Sund's father and the father of Santa Cruz head coach Casey Hill, former NBA head coach Bob Hill, each held similar positions with the Seattle Supersonics.
Sund is 28 years old and West is 26 years old, so it'll be interesting to see how they work together to keep the success rate up in Santa Cruz, but there's no doubt they'll each be able to lean on the experience they've gotten growing up around the game.
Our buddy Adam Johnson of SeaDubsCentral.com first reported Sund's promotion.