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Reports: Fred Hoiberg, Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy interest Warriors as Mark Jackson replacements

May 5, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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Who will coach the Golden State Warriors next season?

If choosing one name, it has to be Mark Jackson. The team’s current coach led the Warriors to 51 wins and back-to-back playoff berths for the first time since the early 1990s, and he’s under contract for another year.

But Jackson or the field? That’s a tough question.

Golden State’s internal dysfunction among coaches and management has been well-documented, and even though it might not be Jackson’s fault, changing the coach might fix it.

No matter what the Warriors do, they’ll consider replacements for Jackson as they determine Jackson’s fate.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News:

Joe Lacob’s main momentous decision on Mark Jackson’s future might not be precisely about Mark Jackson at all.

It could be about Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg—is Warriors management’s theoretical top choice willing to talk about coming to the Warriors?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Two coaching names known to interest Golden State greatly, sources say, are Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy. I find it equally tough to picture Kerr turning Phil Jackson down now, as far as Kerr’s dalliance with the Knicks has gone, so look for the Warriors to explore the SVG option hard if (when?) Jackson’s reign is brought to an end.

Because the Warriors’ players have so strongly bought into Jackson’s coaching, Stein’s opinion – one I strongly endorse – is the Warriors should fire Jackson only if the replacement is an undeniable upgrade.

That’s not Kerr, who has no coaching experience. That’s also not Hoiberg, who has no professional coaching experience.

It’s probably Van Gundy – though he might be the hardest to land. If any available coach can keep the Warriors strong defensively and boost their middling offense, it’s him. As Stein reports, though, Van Gundy has grown happy broadcasting and spending time with his family.

Jackson – with his regressing offense, hockey-style substitutions and inability to work with his assistant coaches – leaves a lot to be desired. But finding and hiring an upgrade won’t necessarily be easy, and that might save Jackson’s job.

  1. aboogy123456 - May 5, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    That might be the worst suite / tie / shirt combination you could ask for. It’s like he’s trying to get fired.

    • jvw1982 - May 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      You must be color blind….

    • ranfan12 - May 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      about every color works with black imo

      • aboogy123456 - May 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        FYI it’s hard to see but he’s wearing a dark blue suit with a black shirt. Forget the hot pink tie, that combo alone makes me question his judgement and whether or not he’s fit to make coaching decisions.

  2. nflcrimerankingscom - May 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Come on, he’s definitely getting canned today.

    • stayhigh_247 - May 5, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      why is the press being so disrespectful to Mark Jackson? He has not been fired. The NBA is a screwed up place, Avery Johnson was fired after being coach of the month, Lionel Hollins fired after taking the Griz to the playoffs consistently, Mike Woodson let go after winning over 50 games, now they want to slaughter Jackson presumably for guys that have no head coaching experience of this level. These owners are living in a fantasy world, there’s only one Pops,one Doc, or Spoelstra. Losing Jarret Jack and Bogut is what eventually did the Warriors in, not coaching.

  3. money2long - May 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    If thy want van Gundy , wait a year since he’s happy doing wha he’s doing, let mark fulfill his contract, if you don’t see any marked improvement, I don’t think anyone would blame you a year from now if u let him go. Steph will be more seasoned and stan would be more willing to coach the team, considering the team can make some personnel improvements along the way. Stan loves him some three point shooters. Don’t put it past him to look to deal either Barnes or iguodala for a low post scoring presence to recreate his Orlando days. He should be intrigued by golden state.

    • spursareold - May 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Nah, Jackson has fragmented the organization, and he’s gotta go.

      It’s OK to try and build a culture and a tight, closed locker room, as long as you don’t exclude your GM or owner. Your organization all has to be on the same page.

      GS went out one round earlier this year, and frankly, there were rumors that Iggy was “helping from the other side” last year in the Denver series.

      • kinggw - May 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        No, a bunch of overbearing owners think their team is better than it really is and Jackson’s going to be the scapegoat.

        Jackson was on the same page, with the players, the life blood of the organization. Golden State will probably fire Jackson, and they will rue it. It doesn’t matter who the coach is, the Dubs are a good but not great team.

  4. odenxx - May 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Mark just has to let “Jesus take the wheel” lol

  5. duhwighthoward - May 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I thought he did a great job. With far less talent, he came within a hair of beating the Clippers and the highest-paid coach in the league, Doc Rivers.

    • spursareold - May 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      What are you talking about? GS has plenty of talent. Their starting five was the best in the league in off rtg/def rtg point differential.

      Don’t buy the Kia halftime hype. GS’s front line can go toe to toe with the LAC’s, and their guard/wing group is overall better.

      • sportsfan18 - May 5, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        With Bogut in the lineup you mean…

        For the Clippers to struggle that badly against the Warrior’s without Bogut is telling…

  6. jvw1982 - May 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    SVG is not an upgrade of Jackson, Jackson maybe a problem and needs to go but he did a great job with that team……

    • apkyletexas - May 5, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      When did SVG suddenly become a great coach, especially on offense?

      I guess if you are a member of the old white dudes club, your coaching brilliance increases with each year you don’t coach.

      • duhwighthoward - May 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        Are you the black Donald Sterling?

  7. gnu2308 - May 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Sorry, if hoiberg comes to the NBA next year it will be for twolves. Throwing out names on a whim is poor journalism.

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