Either Steve Kerr becomes the Golden State Warriors’ new head coach pretty soon, or the Warriors’ coaching search continues for a while.
It’s most likely going to be the latter. According to ESPN, the Warriors believe that they won’t be able to pry Kerr away from signing on to coach the Knicks, and instead will target the next candidate on the list: Stan Van Gundy.
The Warriors should be a prime attraction for Kerr, as he can stay relatively close to his family and coach a team that is built to win immediately. However, it would be hard for Kerr to turn down his mentor in Phil Jackson with the Knicks.
Van Gundy now reportedly tops the Warriors’ list if they can’t land Kerr, but that doesn’t mean other candidates won’t be considered. From Tom Thibodeau to Kevin Ollie, the Warriors will do their homework before choosing Mark Jackson’s successor.
Jackson was fired last week after coaching the team for three seasons.
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle lays out the Warriors’ options in this article. A source told Simmons that owner Joe Lacob might hire a college coach such as Ollie or Fred Hoiberg because “he doesn’t like retreads,” and “he wants the credit and could probably take it if the coach wasn’t someone who everybody knew.”
That’s no surprise considering that Lacob’s ego is approximately the size of North America.
Other names that the Warriors may consider include Tom Thibodeau, Mike D’Antoni, and Lionel Hollins. D’Antoni and Hollins are currently not holding any position, but Thibodeau is the Bulls’ coach and the Warriors would need to trade for him if they in fact go down that path.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors will interview Hollins next week. Hollins, who last coached the Grizzlies in 2012-2013, was fired after a 56-win season and a trip to the Conference Finals.
In the article, Simmons’ source casts doubts upon Lacob choosing either D’Antoni or Hollins.