As Steve Kerr appears bound for the Knicks, the Golden State Warriors are turning to Stan Van Gundy as their top choice to replace Mark Jackson as head coach.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Warriors plan to interview Van Gundy in the imminent future. Another report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports adds on, claiming that owner Joe Lacob has shifted his focus from Kerr to Van Gundy as well. The Warriors, in fact, have not had serious discussions with Kerr for days, according to Wojnarowski.
Previously, it was reported that Lacob preferred Kerr because the current TNT broadcaster has been friends with Lacob for years. Kerr also knows Lacob’s son, Kirk, who is the Warriors’ assistant GM, and has worked with Warriors president Rick Welts when Kerr was the GM with the Suns.
However, it appeared that while Lacob wanted Kerr, the players and others in the organization wanted Van Gundy, and now Lacob is joining the consensus.
If there is indeed mutual interest — and by all accounts, Van Gundy seems willing to coach the Warriors — then there’s no reason the Warriors shouldn’t lock up Van Gundy as their new coach.
They will do their due diligence and check in on other candidates — they plan on interviewing Lionel Hollins this week — but Van Gundy seems to be their best option and top target the moment.