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You know who’s NOT coaching the Warriors? Jerry Sloan or Jeff Van Gundy.

May 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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The Warriors’ head coaching gig is kind of an interesting mesh of issues. You’ve got a management that has pledged to provide a new coach with defensive personnel, but there’s still a roster full of guys who don’t fit that description. There’s certainly talent, but not necessarily a cohesive unit, and few experienced veterans. There’s Stephen Curry, but it’s unclear how his career is going to shape out. It’s a terrific, supportive fanbase, but it’s in a high-intensity market. The money should be great, but success in the short term is probably mitigated, and it’s rare for the coach who rebuilds a team to see them through to the promised land.

Which is why two coaching greats have elected to pass on the job.

CSN Bay Area reports that Jeff Van Gundy and Jerry Sloan both declined to interview for the Warriors’ head coaching position. Sloan declined under the “No, really, I retired and I’m done” umbrella (which is right next to the “Deron Williams killed my soul” raincoat), while Van Gundy reportedly declined because he’s still not looking to get into coaching. JVG’s name keeps popping up but never seems to really go anywhere, he hasn’t been seriously in consideration for a job in some time.

Mike Brown is considered by multiple outlets to be the front-runner for the job, which is an odd, if intriguing fit. Seeing Brown work with a team not handicapped by a megastar playing God with the franchise while the owner buckles to his will and then blames everyone else when it blows up could be interesting. Brown’s defensive coaching chops are legit, even if the offense could suffer (read: drive off a cliff) under him. We’ll keep you updated as the search continues.

  1. thestudiokida - May 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    What a dickish thing to say, Matt. LeBron handicapped the team by playing God? I’m pretty sure his only crime is being really good and exercising his autonomy. And no matter how it went down it doesn’t deserve a cheap shot like that.

  2. rajbais - May 14, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Jeff Van Gundy will never coach again!!!

    He’s getting paid enough money to spout off foot-in-mouth predictions anyways!!!

    The more often he talks and airtime he takes up the less likely he’ll come back.

  3. dogsweat1 - May 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Balki for Warriors Coach….

  4. rickmirer - May 15, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    thestudiokida just threw down! Pretty strong words for LeBron Mr. Moore. But yet another Heat/LeBron hater showing his cards, shocking.

  5. thetooloftools - May 15, 2011 at 2:29 AM

    I’m LeBron James.
    I didn’t say anything stupid today but I’m posting to keep my name out there.

  6. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Matt- you hit the nail on the head! The Cavs implosion was a combination of the owner, the megastar playing God, and the coaches inability to design an offense. Still, I think Coach Brown deserves another chance to show what he can do.

    as to thestudiodika comment, another bandwagon Heat fan spouts off. They haven’t won anything yet, and these tools can’t shut their pie hole. Just remember, no matter what happens, that D-bag Lebron couldn’t do it without his boyfriends. Freakin pansy…

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