The Golden State Warriors’ new head coach needs to have prior coaching experience.
How can owner Joe Lacob justify hiring a new head coach with zero previous coaching experience after letting go of a coach who was so beloved by all of his players? He can’t really. Which is why Stan Van Gundy makes sense. It also is why Tom Thibodeau could also be a viable candidate for the Warriors head coaching gig.
The Warriors are expected to contact the Chicago bulls to explore the availability of their head coach, Tom Thibodeau, who was an assistant in Boston when Lacob was a minority owner of the Celtics.
Thibodeau, at times, has clashed with Bulls ownership and their rocky relationship has led to his name being floated around in chatter about several head coaching jobs. Thibodeau does still have three years left on his contract with the Bulls, but that doesn’t mean he can’t coach the Warriors next season.
Thibodeau is known for his defensive acumen and his team’s stellar defensive play. His grind-it-out, slow-it-down style seems like it might not make sense for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson though one can easily argue that a reason for the Bulls lethargic offense is due to their mediocre offensive personnel.
Lacob has made it clear that he wants to do his research and is in no rush to hire a new head coach and it is likely if they do move Thibodeau to the top of their list that the process will only be prolonged even more.