Warriors Interested In Stan Van Gundy

Mark Jackson appears to be on his way out of Golden State, since rumors have suggested he would be unlikely to return barring a long playoff run, and the Warriors find themselves out of the playoffs after the first round. Marc Stein of ESPN.com reiterates the team’s interest in Knicks target Steve Kerr, but the ESPN scribe believes Kerr is destined for New York, just as Fred Hoiberg, in whom the Warriors also hold interest, would be difficult to pry from Iowa State. That leaves the Warriors poised to make a run at former Heat and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, Stein writes.

Van Gundy is still interested in coaching, but he’s primarily focused on spending time with his family, whom he says he’s given veto power over his decision to return to an NBA bench. He’s been linked to the Lakers, Timberwolves and Pistons of late, but he reportedly doesn’t want any of those jobs. The Pistons reached out to him recently, but talks apparently didn’t progress too far because he wanted some degree of control over player personnel. That kind of sway would probably be tough to come by in Golden State, where GM Bob Myers, adviser Jerry West and co-owner Joe Lacob all have varying levels of input into the team’s roster construction.

The divide between Jackson and Warriors management goes beyond the removal of former assistant coaches Brian Scalabrine and Darren Erman, Stein writes. The Warriors prefer someone whose personality is a better fit with the front office than Jackson’s is, according to Stein, who suggests that the team might put a premium on experience as it looks for its next coach.

The outspoken Van Gundy’s dry sense of humor scores points with media and in broadcasting, but his honesty can spark firestorms, such as when he told reporters that Dwight Howard wanted him out as coach of the Magic. Anyone other than Jackson would be a tough sell to the players, who’ve shown nearly universal support for their embattled coach. Still, Van Gundy and Howard have reconciled, and Van Gundy has never compiled a losing record in parts of eight seasons as an NBA head coach, so there’s reason to believe he’d be successful in Golden State.

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4 thoughts on “Warriors Interested In Stan Van Gundy

  1. Randolph_Knackstedt

    I live in the bay area, I’m a warriors fan AND a fan of Jackson as a coach.

    There might be more going on behind the scenes but maybe it would be best for Jackson to coach a team where the front office actually appreciates him.

    Since Jackson’s been the coach of the Warriors, the Warriors have increased their scoring and decreased opponents scoring EACH SEASON and the Warriors have made it to the playoffs 2 years in a row.

    • BigTymeUSA

      Randolph, I agree with u 100%…I grew up with Mark, playing ball with him in O’connell Park in Queens; he was a GREAT guy then, and remains true to who he was today…the ONLY problem I can see him having with mgt is sticking up for his players bc they somehow wanted to screw them in the arse! I’m a USMC Vet, and I would go to war with a cat like Jax ANYTIME!

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