Mark Jackson Fired: Who Will Be the New Golden State Warriors Head Coach?
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Mark Jackson was fired as the Golden State Warriors head coach on Tuesday afternoon. That means that it's time to look ahead and see who are the possible candidates to takeover one of the NBA's most exciting teams. The new Warriors coach should have championship success and an offensive background that blends in well with one of the best shooting teams in the country.
Here are the likely coaching candidates for the Warriors.
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Steve Kerr – Word is the New York Knicks are heavily pursuing Kerr, but if the five-time champion was so eager to coach under the bright lights, he would have probably already taken the job. Kerr grew up on the West Coast and went to high school in California. Kerr is also one of the top shooters the NBA has ever seen and would probably relate a lot better to guys such as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, designing creative ways to get them looks. From a roster standpoint, Golden State is in far better shape than New York right now. Don’t be surprised if Kerr leaves the broadcast booth for the Warriors.
Stan Van Gundy – Van Gundy hasn’t coached since 2011-12 when the Orlando Magic decided to let him go to please Dwight Howard. You knew it was only a matter of time before his name began to pop up in coach rumors and for good reason; Van Gundy has won 64.1 percent of his games as a head coach. Van Gundy does a good job of managing ego’s and is one of the best X’s and O’s coaches out there right now who isn’t employed. At the young age of 54, Van Gundy would strongly consider this coaching opportunity if his phone rang.
Mike D’Antoni – Imagine the Warriors explosive and fun watching offense in D’Antoni’s system. Sure, D’Antoni doesn’t preach much defensively, but the Warriors are a perfect fit for a run and gun style offense. With the way Curry, Thompson and Barnes are capable of shooting the ball, the Warriors could seriously break NBA offensive records in no time. It’s tough to imagine D’Antoni ever winning a championship without defense being a priority, however, the Warriors would be the most talented team he’s ever coached and would allow them to remain the most entertaining team in the NBA.
George Karl – Karl made the playoffs 10 straight years before being let go by the Denver Nuggets in 2012-13. One of the most unappreciated coaches in recent memory, Karl has won 1,887 games in his coaching career and was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2013. Karl is big on ball movement and getting the best shot possible, but unlike D’Antoni, his defenses usually don’t suffer. Karl coached the Warriors back in the mid-80s and may be willing to return for another shot.